Set of six divination plaques, Uganda, 1915-1925

Made:
1915-1925 in Uganda
maker:
Baganda

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Divination plaque, 1880-1920. Top three quarter view. Black perspex background.
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6 divination plaques, hide, one with 2 bells, by Baganda tribe, Uganda, c. 1920

A set of six divination plaques from Uganda. In many African countries the cause of disease can be diagnosed by divination. The diviner throws the plaques onto a mat and interprets their pattern. These plaques are made from animal hide, and one has two bells fixed to the top.

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