Set of six divination bones, carved in form of fish with familiar ring and dot design, Mashukalumbwe, Africa, 1880-1920
Divination diagnoses the cause of illness in many African communities. These bones would be cast onto a mat and the diviner would interpret the pattern. The bones are carved into the shape of fish. They are decorated with a ring and dot designs widely used in Zambia.
- Ethnography and Folk Medicine
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overall (largest item, lying flat): 11 mm x 93 mm x 22 mm, 0.022 kg
- divination set
- divination object
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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