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Baoule Box (N° 25362) Deposit sale

This circular receptacle, intended for a practice still in use today in the Baoulé region of the south-west, has a lid and is decorated on its walls with motifs depicting mice. A mouse, considered as a messenger of the divinities of the earth, lived in fact in the lower compartment of the object and the successive arrangement of the elements that it moved was read as an answer to the question posed to the diviner. The piece is also equipped with a carrying strap. The metal plate under the box has been fitted and perforated so that the mice are "in contact with the spirits of the earth, asié".
Brown patina, ocher residue, abrasions, small accidents.
Ref.: Mathilde Buratti , “Boxes used for divination by mice”.
 

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OriginCollection Damane
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal, raphia
Height cm25
Width23 cm
Weight2.00 Kg

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