Yoruba, West Africa, Divination Tapper


Mid-19th century. 12 3/4" length, wood carved in bands of geometry. Known as "Iroke Ifa", it is used in conjunction with the divination tray, "Opon Ifa," to summon the god Orunmila for consultation regarding matters such as sickness and drought. The ritual uses kola nuts which some sources say provide the needed information by the configuration in which they rest after tapping, much like reading tea leaves. The tappers are sacred objects and often made of ivory. Well used with open age crack, minor losses and heavy encrustation.

Item ID: FNS4671

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Yoruba, West Africa, Divination Tapper

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