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Medicinal container
Date: Mid-late 20th century
Medium: Gourd, wood
Dimensions: H x W x D: 21.1 x 9.9 x 9.9 cm (8 5/16 x 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Geography: Tanzania
Object Number: 89-6-1
Search Terms:
Female use
Healing
Exhibited: Healing Arts

Women healers carry medicinal oils and herbs in gourd containers. The hairstyle carved on the figurative stoppers is typical of that worn by girls during their coming-of-age ceremonies.

Bottle shaped gourd with a stopper in the form of a female figure seated on a two legged stool with hands resting on her stomach. The legs of the figure substitute for the front legs of the stool. The coiffure of the figure is a double crescent running from front to back. The lower portion or neck of the stopper is long and cylindrical.

Marc Leo Felix, Brussels, -- to 1989


Healing Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 2016 - ongoing


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