Stock no:300 258

A rare early 20th century "Mouse Oracle" from the  Ivory Coast Baulle diviners to foretell and influence the future. The priest places a few small objects, mostly sticks, in the interior of the vessel - placed in a specific order. Then he digs a small narrow passage near the vessel and scatters some mouse food here. F a mouse comes and eats the food, it gets underneath the wooden pot – and on the lower side of the “mouse oracle” there is a hole. The mouse crawls through the hole into the vessel and through a second hole into the hollow in which the priest placed the sticks. This is how the “mouse oracle” of the Baule people functions. Carved from a solid piece of wood and originally dyed black. 

11”w x 9 ½"h x 8”d  

28cm w x 24cm h x 20cm d 


Circa 1930

£ 395













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