Divining table - ROM2014_14285_12

ROM2014_14285_12

Divining table

Maker: Unidentified Chokwe artist or workshop
Medium:Wood
Geography: Angola or Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date: early 20th century, collected between 1917-1920
Dimensions:
32.5 x 22.5 x 19 cm
Object number: 920.29.29
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Martha Wightman
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionThis table, collected by Canadian missionary Martha Wightman, was used as a divination implement by a local medium. Among the Chokwe and related peoples, divination is a performative act, carried out with a variety of objects created by the ritual specialist himself. Sometimes the form of the divination tool would be revealed in a dream. This one is obviously inspired by European furniture, which was common among local art forms during colonial times.
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