Divination bones, South Africa, 1880-1920

Made:
1880-1920 in South Africa
maker:
Unknown

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3 divination bones, South African, 1880-1920. Front three quarter view. Black perspex background.
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3 divination bones, South African, 1880-1920

A set of three divination bones from South Africa, carved in the form of pendants. In many African countries the cause of disease can be diagnosed by divination. Diviners throw the bones onto a mat and interpret their pattern.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A221089
Measurements:
overall (upright): 60 mm x 9 mm x 8 mm, 0.006 kg
overall (all three): 0.024 kg
type:
divination set
taxonomy:
  • divination object
credit:
Glendining

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