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Bushman's Kit

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1933A20
Collection:Ethnography - Africa
Date:1880 c - 1920 c


This collection of items forms a Bushman's Kit. The leather pouch contains, a wooden plate, an iron chisel, an ostrich eggshell bead necklace, poisoned arrow heads, a hidebound horn and somebuttons. The arrowheads are poisoned using the N'gwa caterpillar. Caterpillar entrails are applied to the arrowhead and left to dry in the sun. The poison can drive an animal into a manic rage and cause incredible agony.

Presented by J R Ratcliffe, 1933.

Further Information

Production Period:Late 19th - early 20th Century
Place of Origin:Africa


Height:370 mm
Width:200 mm