BAULE MOUSE ORACLE 1, Ivory Coast

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAULE, MOUSE ORACLE 1, 10", $400, Ivory Coast SOLD

Mouse oracles were used by Baule diviners to foretell and influence the future. Food and a careful arrangement of sticks were placed inside and covered . Overnight a mouse would enter through a hole in the base to get the food, disturbing the sticks. The diviner would return and "read" the interpretation of the rearranged sticks.

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