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Friction Oracle Itombwa Kuba (N° 10633)
Former Belgian private collection of African art J. Putteneers.
Itombwa oracles are mostly in the form of an elongated animal with a wooden pusher held by a rope on its back. This small wooden element was rubbed on the animal's back during divination rituals.
The room was held by the tail, facing the interlocutor. The pusher's movements or abrupt stops attested to the veracity of the pusher's words and allowed the soothsayer to interpret these signs.
Apart from their usefulness as lie detectors, The Itombwa oracles were also used to detect diseases.
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|Origin||Collection Jan Putteneers|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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