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Friction Oracle (Itombwa)

Artist/Maker: Kuba people (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Date: ca. 1970
Medium: wood, plant fiber, raffia, cowrie shell and pigment
Overall: 4 7/8 x 12 7/8 x 3 in. (12.4 x 32.7 x 7.6 cm)
Classification: Visual Works
Credit Line: Gift of Lee and Aurora McMichen
Object number: 89.0125
DescriptionFriction oracle used by a diviner to consult nature spirits. The rubbing implement sticks on the moistened surface when the correct answer is pronounced.
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