Carved wooden medicine box, Africa, 1880-1920

Made:
1880-1920 in Africa
maker:
Unknown

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Carved wooden medicine box, Africa, 1880-1920. Front three quarter view. Black perspex background.
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Carved wooden medicine box, with hinged lid and string, Africa, 1880-1920

A carved wooden medicine box with hinged lid and fabric carrying strap. Although now empty, the contents are unknown. Knowledge about the healing properties of plants is considered secret in many African societies – only to be passed on to the next generation of herbalists. Each medicine is individual, based on the healer’s knowledge and experience.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A61069
Materials:
cloth, wood
type:
medicine chest
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest

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