Divination Object (Gbaule)

Unknownearly 20th century

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

The humanoid face is made of clay with aluminum eyebrows and a ridge on the forehead. The eyes are of cowry shell. A band of orange pigment extends across the eyes. The face is attached to a rattan structure with a loop at the lower end. The back side is covered with leather and a loop with cloth to which cowry shells are attached. The coiffure of the face is composed of tufts of cows tail hair, feathers, and heads of rice. The four teeth are pieces of glass. Condition: stable but fragile.


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