Four divination plaques on a string, Zimbabwe, 1880-1920

Made:
1880-1920 in Zimbabwe
maker:
Shona people

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Four divination plaques on a string. Zimbabwe, 1880-1920. Three quarter top view. White background.
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Four divination plaques on a string, Mashona people, Zimbabwe, 1880-1920

A set of four divination plaques on a string, used by the Mashona people of Zimbabwe. Mashona diviners use only red ivorywood for their plaques, as they believe it is the only wood that tells the truth. It is the royal wood of KwaZulu Natal and is now a protected tree.

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Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A164333
Materials:
string, wood
Measurements:
overall (plaque): 98 mm x 38 mm x 19 mm,
overall (string): 215 mm
type:
divination set
taxonomy:
  • divination object
credit:
Glendining
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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