Thailand or Burma
Protective charm, takrut
Bullet shell casings, string and natural lacquer.
2.25 in X .5 in. 10 grams.
Charms such as this are worn throughout Thailand and Burma. They’re call takrut in Thailand. Made by monks and given to followers to be worn for protection and good fortune. This piece seems like it was commissioned due to two bullet cases are used on each end. Typically, the center is made of a lead or copper sheet rolled up to create the center tube, where the maker would inscribe or tap a chant to ward off any negativity and protect the wearer. In this case we can’t confirm that unless opening up the piece in turn ruining it. The two bullet casings were inserted over the tube to create sealed ends. Some type of magical charm has been sealed inside that makes a slight rattling sound when shaken. The monk then wraps the entire charm with string knotting each time he makes a loop around and saying prayers or chants while doing so until the entire surface is covered. He then coated the wrapped string with black lacquer and final details painted on with red lacquer on top. 2 loops have been formed with the wrapped string to create a place where a cord would be passed through so it could be worn around the neck.