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Diviner's Belt

A work made of leather, fur, gourd, shell, and wood.

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  • A work made of leather, fur, gourd, shell, and wood.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Baule
Côte d’Ivoire
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

This belt may have belonged to a diviner whose skills derived from a close relationship with a wilderness spirit. Special training allows diviners to work in concert with such spirits to reveal the sources of human illness and trouble. Wilderness spirits often ask the people they possess to have unique objects like this elaborate belt, or weapons [see 1999.380], made for them, to be displayed during a diviner’s public trance performances.

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Arts of Africa

Culture

Baule

Title

Diviner's Belt

Origin

Côte d'Ivoire

Date

1900–1975

Medium

Leather, fur, gourd, shell, and wood

Dimensions

21.6 × 85.1 × 16.5 cm (8 1/2 × 33 1/2 × 6 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of E. Carl Douglas and Family

Reference Number

2011.706

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