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A Rare Early 20th Century "Mouse Oracle" From The IVory Coast Baulle Diviners To Foretell And Influence The Future. Circa 1930


£395 | $523 USD | €451 EUR
Item Number: SA760897
Date of manufacture: 1930
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Gateway Antiques
This antique has been viewed 23 times in the past month with the most views from Germany.


A rare early 20th century "Mouse Oracle" from the Ivory Coast Baulle diviners to foretell and influence the future. The priest places a few small objects, mostly sticks, in the interior of the vessel - placed in a specific order. Then he digs a small narrow passage near the vessel and scatters some mouse food here. F a mouse comes and eats the food, it gets underneath the wooden pot – and on the lower side of the “mouse oracle” there is a hole. The mouse crawls through the hole into the vessel and through a second hole into the hollow in which the priest placed the sticks. This is how the “mouse oracle” of the Baule people functions. Carved from a solid piece of wood and originally dyed black.
11”w x 9 ½"h x 8”d
28cm w x 24cm h x 20cm d

Circa 1930
£ 395
Internal Ref: 300 258


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1930.


Height = 24 cm (9.4")
Width = 28 cm (11.0")
Depth = 20 cm (7.9")

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