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from Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire

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This goose's 'thrapple' of larynx filled with lead duck-shot was worn as a charm against whooping cough, probably in the 19th century. It is from Balmaghie in Kirkcudbrightshire.

The dried 'thrapple' has been bent round into a ring.

The character of the disease affecting the larynx and respiratory tracts may have attracted the use of this curative amulet of a larynx, which would thus place this part of the body under the protection of an appropriate element.

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