Box made of turtle shell, 1880

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This tortoise shell was inventoried as a powder compact. The Herero women used the container to store dried buchu, a plant used as a herbal remedy with antiinflammatory and antiseptic properties, or cosmetic ointments made from fat and ochre clay pigment/iron-based clay. The wearing of such a container was probably part of the representative clothing of a Herero woman.

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