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Yoruba Ifa Hand Carved Wooden Divination Tray from Nigeria

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Individuals or groups within the Yoruba Peoples seek answers to problems facing them through divination. This is a process that determines the will of the sacred realm and is led by a diviner or babalawo who is the master of Ifa. During this process the tray is covered in white powder, palm nuts are cast onto it, and the resulting pattern is interpreted. Stories from the Ifa are then interpreted given the social or spiritual problem at hand. 

This piece has a face representing Eshu/Èsù, the messenger to the gods, carved on the upper center portion which would be facing the diviner. It has additional carvings on the border consisting of very simple geometric designs of lines and 'X' shapes. Accompanied by a lucite stand for additional display options; it would fit in with a range of décor styles from 1970s Revival, Boho or Eclectic.     

Place of Origin: Nigeria

Date of Manufacture: mid-20th century  

Condition: Very Good 

Wear: Consistent with age and use. Please refer to the pictures.

Dimensions: 

Wood Carving: 11 in. L X 14 in. W X 1 in. D

Reference:

Similar items are featured in the permanent collections at the Yale University Art Gallery, Saint Louis Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian.

Yoruba Ifa Hand Carved Wooden...

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