Bag of Kamusowha, Uganda, 1919

Made:
1919 in Nkore
maker:
Ankole people
Bag of Kamusowha, Uganda, collected 1919, some contents spilling out. Graduated grey background. Bag of Kamusowha, Uganda, collected 1919. Detail of ingredients label.

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Bag of Kamusowha, Uganda, collected 1919, some contents spilling out. Graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Bag of Kamusowha, Uganda, collected 1919. Detail of ingredients label.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bag of Kamusowha, Uganda, collected 1919

Kamusowha is the name of a plant whose roots and leaves are pounded for juice by the indigenous people of Ankole, West Uganda. The juice is poured into the nose to treat headaches or inserted as an enema into organs affected by syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection.

The bag was collected by the Mackie Ethnological Expedition to Central Africa in 1919-1920. The expedition aimed to learn about the social and religious customs of the area and was led by John Roscoe, whose name is written on to the side of the bag. It is typical of a large number of such specimens which were collected from local traditional healers in Africa, packaged up and sent to Britain.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A666861
type:
bag
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle