Photograph of medicine-woman from Tembuland, South Africa, 1900-1925

Made:
1900-1925 in Tembuland
maker:
Unknown

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Sepia photograph of medicine-woman from Tembuland, South Africa kneeling down, placing small objects on a piece of hide, enclosed in rectangular glass frame, Tembuland, South Africa, 1900-1925

A sepia photograph of a medicine-woman from Tembuland, a former district of Transkei, now in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. She is performing divination - bones, shells and stones are thrown onto the animal hide and the pattern interpreted to identify the cause of illness.