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Piece of calabash with incised marks; used for inscribing results of divination.
Used in Fa (Ifa) oracular system of divining.
Length: 2.30 inches
- Curator's comments
- Accompanies bag Af1949,25.1a and nuts Af1949,25.1c-t
a&b: Cotton bag closed by string with cowrie shell at the end and containing 18 black nuts & a piece of calabash with incised marks.
"Used in Fa (Ifa) oracular system of divining. Nuts are of the oil-palm tree, of the sort that has joined leaves. 16 nuts are used in the actual process of casting the horoscope. The result is inscribed on the piece of calabash enclosed , in 8 groups of figures. the enclosed figure gives "ogbe-oguda". (See "West African Religion" p. 155)".
GU Tribe, Porto Novo, DAHOMEY.
- Not on display
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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