Carved wooden medicine box, Africa, c. 1801-1920.

Carved wooden medicine box, African.
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.
 
Currently on display in:
The Science and Art of Medicine
Year made :
1801-1920
Inventory number :
A61069