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Divination Basket with Sixty-One Ritual Objects


Owen D. Mort Jr. described each of the 61 objects in this Chokwe divination basket in his handwritten and illustrated book: The Art of Zaire. Click on the images below to expand the detailed descriptions by Mort.











Unrecorded Artist from Democratic Republic of Congo or Angola
Chokwe style, mid-twentieth century
plant fiber, wood, animal fur, brass, bird horn, calabash
gourd, red clay, corn cob, seeds, seed pod, chicken feet,
ceramic, antelope hooves, unidentified ritual powder mixture
Owen D. Mort Jr. Collection
2011.036.009