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    Description

    Yoruba (Nigeria)
    Divination Cup, agere ifa
    Wood
    Height: 7 ¼ inches Width: 7 ¼ inches Depth: 6 ¾ inches

    This cup for holding the sixteen sacred palm nuts used in divination ceremonies is supported on the back of a chicken, as well as by two vertical strut that connect the circular base to the circular cup. Incised diagonal lines adorn both the vertical struts and the back of the hen.

    Apart from being the most common sacrificial animal, the fowl figures in Yoruba creation mythology. There is a crack in the bowl just proper right of the front, and a loss to the rim at the right sides. There are old surface losses at the back of both bowl and base.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Green II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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