Carved wooden medicine box, Africa, 1880-1920

1880-1920 in Africa

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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.


Ethnography and Folk Medicine
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cloth and wood
medicine chest
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest

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