**Originally Listed At $300**
West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden tool known as an "iroke ifa," a tapper used in the divination ceremonies of the Yoruba peoples. The tapper has a handle shaped like an abstract seated male figure with hanging arms, a slender waist, broad shoulders, and a bearded face. The figure's conical helmet doubles as the functional part of the 'tapper.' Divination is an important aspect of the Yoruba religion and, when faced with difficulties or seeking advice, the Yorubans often turn to a diviner (or babalawo) to consult the gods. One of the main divination objects is the tapper, the "iroke ifa;" the babalawo will tap this object against a special tray to draw the attention of the god Ifa, who is associated with wisdom and knowledge. Size: 2.25" W x 12" H (5.7 cm x 30.5 cm); 14.3" H (36.3 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private San Francisco, California, USA collection
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Minor abrasions to base, figural handle, and tapper head, with a few stable fissures, and softening to some finer details, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and fine patina throughout.