Divination set, south east Africa, before 1934

Made:
before 1934 in Zambezi river
maker:
Unknown

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Bone divination set, carved decoration, from Zambezi, south east Africa

Carved from bone, this decorated set was used for divination. Divination is the attempt to predict the future from signs and symbols and has been used for thousands of years to forecast the course of an illness or determine the best treatment. When cast the pattern made by the bone pieces was interpreted by a diviner. The set came originally from along the Zambezi River in south east Africa.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A175605
Materials:
bone and leather
Measurements:
bone piece: 6 mm x 51 mm x 20 mm,
type:
divination set
taxonomy:
  • divination object
credit:
Glendining