Wooden medicine bottle with woven string bag, Kenya, 1880-1920

Made:
1880-1920 in Kenya
maker:
Kavirondo people

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Carved wood medicine bottle, in woven string bag, by the Kavirondo tribe, Kenyan, 1880-1920

A carved wooden medicine bottle with a woven string bag, used by the Kavirondo people of Kenya. Although now empty, the contents are unknown. Each medicine is prepared for an individual, based on the healer’s knowledge and experience.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A34192
Materials:
bag, string, bottle, copper and bottle, wood
type:
bottle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel

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