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Leather bag with objects for divination, Africa, 1880-1930

Inside the leather bag are 30 animal vertebrae, two pebbles, a hoof, two pieces of carved bone and one nut shell used by diviners. The 36 objects are cast onto a mat and the pattern made is interpreted by the diviner to determine the cause of a person’s illness. There are hundreds of possible patterns and interpretations.

Object number:

A164229

 

Glossary:

Glossary: divination sets

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Glossary: vertebrae

A bone that is part of the spinal column.