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

Divination set, 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.
 
Currently on display in:
The Science and Art of Medicine
Year made :
1880-1920
Inventory number :
A164333