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A medicine or shaman adorned with white paint, standing above a sick man trying to drive away the disease. Halftone.


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A medicine man at work. The patient has been laid on his mat in the sun, and the medicine is the waterbuck's horn resting on his hip, which is probably the injured part. The operator is decorated with white pigment to make him look the more mysterious, and his gymnastic exercises are supposed to chase away the disease. Both doctor and patient believe in the farce. The rolled-up mat on the house signifies the owner is dead.

Physical description

1 process print : halftone ; image 10 x 15 cm

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 21329i

Language

  • English


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