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.