KUBA ITOOM DIVINATION ANIMAL FIGURES, DRC


KUBA Itoom 2
12.5" long x 2.4" high
$75



 KUBA Itoom 3
10.25" long x 2.25" high
$75

KUBA Itoom 7
11" long x 2" high
$60

These Itoom figures show no sign of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

Photographs © Tim Hamill

KUBA, RUBBING ORACLES, DIVINATION ANIMAL FIGURES

Rubbing or friction oracles are created in many forms. The best known are the itoom rubbing oracles of Kuba and related peoples. These may take the form of animals such as crocodiles, warthogs, dogs, and others. The type we have, have a flat section on the back or top on which a small plug-like element ( four of ours have them ) is rubbed during the divination process. These have a fanciful variety of animal shapes and all exhibit the Kuba love for abstract geometric patterning.

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