Medicine belt made from animal hide, decorated with blue and white beading

Item

Title

Medicine belt made from animal hide, decorated with blue and white beading

Creator

Creator Unrecorded

Subject

Waist Ornament
Ornament

Description

Stiff medicine belt made from animal hide [possibly cattle] which tapers from the centre to the ends. There are four squares of blue beads and ostrich eggshell sewn at intervals. This would have been worn by a woman to treat sickness of the abdomen, with the exception of pregnant women according to original cataloguing information.[FHM29/07/2019]

Publisher

Making African Connections

Date

c.1930

Type

PhysicalObject

Format

Ostrich; Eggshell; Bird
Tied
L = 1520mm, W = 25mm [FHM29/07/2019]

Identifier

ETH.ANG3.4
A37/4

Source

Antoinette and Diana Powell-Cotton
1937
The Powell-Cotton Museum

Coverage

Namibia
Africa

Rights

© The Powell-Cotton Trust