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    Description

    Yoruba (Nigeria)
    Divination Tapper, Iroke Ifa
    Wood, nail
    Height: 15 1/8 inches Width: 2 5/8 inches Depth: 2 inches

    This tapper is a slightly curved, tapering conical "horn" form, one end pointed, the other end open, with a rattling device attached, and in the center the carved figure of a kneeling mother and child, nearly twice the width of the undecorated parts. The broad-shouldered figure is well carved, with a fine patina. It is situated between two bands of geometric decoration. There are several minor vertical cracks. Near the point there are noticeable animal-gnawing losses. A part of the wood surface sloughed off on the proper right at the open end; the area of the break is heavily repatinated. Used by the diviner to call Orunmila, the god of divination, with the bell-like rattle inside, and to tap on the divination board.

    Provenance: Thomas D. Slater, Indianapolis



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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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