Baoule Gbekre Se divination box - SOLD OUT

In the African art of Baoulé, except for the figures of begging monkeys, the term gbékré is also found in the name of oracles with gbékré mouse se, the term gbekre originally meaning "mouse". The misuse of this term to design baboons carrying cutting comes from an orthographic error whose consequences are still relevant.

This type of traditional box was used by the diviner who placed twigs on which he added a living mouse.

He repositioned the lid and then reopened the box and interpreted the position of the twigs. On this piece, the representation of the diviner stands, leaning over the receptacle to examine what the oracles say.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
31 x 18 cm
Ethnic group
Baoulé / Baulé
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Ivory Coast
Origin
Tribal art collection France
Condition
Excellent

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