Galerie Lemaire

Divination cup

Yoruba

Nigeria

23 cm

DESCRIPTION

Such bowls were used in rituals in which destiny or prediction (ifa) was divined. Ifa divination was used to transcribe the wisdom of Orunmila, the spirit of

wisdom and prophecy in Yoruba mythology. A priest taps rhythmically on a tray with a tapper

to ask for the help of Orunmila. A divination bowl like this one is used to keep the sixteen sacred palm nuts.

CONDITION

some damages and repairs

Provenance

Ex collection of the artist Fon Klement (1930 - 2000)

DATE

Dimensions

23 cm

PRICE

EUR €

4500/ £ 3840

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