Divination bowl, known as "Adjelle Ifa"

Made:
1880-1915 in Nigeria

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Carved wooden divination bowl, known as "Adjelle Ifa" or "Adjelepa" meaning palm-kernal, bowl used as oracle, circular base, stem with form of a bird pecking a snake, surmounted by circular bowl with hinged lid, painted in reds, yellows and blues, Yoruba tribe, Nigeria, 1880-1915