Medicine man's outfit, African, c 1890-1920.
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This medicine man's outfit originates from what is present-day Zambia in Africa. The outfit is made from woven coconut fibre and is for ceremonial occasions. It consists of a bodice and leggings, a mask and a cane-fringed collar. Belief in witch-doctors or medicine men and the practising of shamanistic ceremonies and rituals continues today in many areas of Africa.