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    Yoruba (Nigeria)
    Fine Divination Tapper, Iroke Ifa
    Ivory
    Height: 12 1/8 inches Dia. at open end: 1 3/8 inches

    An exceptionally fine and detailed horseman who dwarfs his steed is carved between the two ends of this tapper. The rider wears a detailed garment and holds a staff in his left hand that reaches his mouth, whereas the right arm is to his side. Below the cross-hatched base that supports the figures is a vertically fluted design on the open end, while on the pointed end, near the head of the horseman, is a series of small cones angled outward. The back view shows the rider's meticulously carved ornaments. There are minute chips along the open end, but the overall condition is excellent.

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's, New York: Sale 7390, lot 112, p.73
    Thomas D. Slater, Indianapolis
    Gary Hendershott, Little Rock



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    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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