Carved Adjella Ifa ritual bowl, Yoruba

1880-1920 in Nigeria
Yoruba people

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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. 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.

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