Carved Yoruba ritual bowl, Nigeria, 1880-1920

Made:
1880-1920 in Nigeria
maker:
Yoruba people
Carved wooden divination bowl called "Adjeke Ifa" or Adjelefa, meaning palm kernel, used as oracle, in the form of a Carved wooden divination bowl called "Adjeke Ifa" or Adjelefa, meaning palm kernel, used as oracle, in the form of a

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Carved wooden divination bowl called "Adjeke Ifa" or Adjelefa, meaning palm kernel, used as oracle, in the form of a
Science Museum Group Collection
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Carved wooden divination bowl called "Adjeke Ifa" or Adjelefa, meaning palm kernel, used as oracle, in the form of a
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Carved 'Adjella Ifa' (Ifa ritual bowl), in the form of a woman - carrying a child on her back - kneeling, and offering the bowl in respect to Ifa, the god of divination. The (detachable) lid of the bowl is in the form of a hen. Palm nuts used by Yoruba diviners are stored in the bowl. Yoruba people, Nigeria, 1880-1920

An adjella ifa, a bowl to store the palm nuts used by diviners of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. This particular object is shaped in the form of a woman carrying a child, kneeling in respect to Ifa, the god of divination. The diviner seeks information from Ifa to help answer questions about an illness.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A123603
type:
ritual object
taxonomy:
  • divination object
credit:
Addison, W.