Baule Mouse Oracle
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Baule Mouse Oracle

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ITEM #:
5579
ETHNIC GROUP:
Baule
REGION OF ORIGIN:
Ivory Coast
MATERIAL:
Wood.
SIZE:
7" (17.8 cm) Tall
CONDITION:
Fair. See images



PROVENANCE:
Private USA Estate Collection



CATALOGUE NOTE:
Baule diviners would used mouse oracles like this to foretell and influence the future. The diviner would place food and specifically arranged sticks inside the oracle, and then covered. The oracle has a hole in the bottom and and it is through this that a mouse would enter to get to the food, disturbing the stick, which in turn would be "read" by the diviner who would interpret the meaning of the rearranged sticks.