Medicine charm Malawi

Medicine charm
Medicine charm

Custodian: University of Glasgow Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Reference: GLAHM E.17

This charm, which originates in Bandawe on the west coast of lake Malawi (previously Lake Nyasa and known as Lago Niassa in Mozambique) is composed of a tooth, possibly from the pig family, reshaped by filing and polished, strung at one end onto a double-twist length of vegetable fibre.

Maker: not known

Materials: tooth and fibre

Dimensions: tooth: 50mm; fibre: 160mm