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Set of six divination bones, Zambia, 1880-1920

Divination diagnoses the cause of illness in many African communities. These bones would be cast onto a mat and the diviner would interpret the pattern. The bones are carved into the shape of fish. They are decorated with a ring and dot designs widely used in Zambia.

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    Glossary: divination sets

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    Glossary: divination

    The practice of seeking knowledge of the future through the interpretation of omens or other supernatural means.