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Yoruba Divination Board Carved Wood Nigeria African

Regular Price: $350.00

Special Price: $225.00

Product #: 110111
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Title Yoruba Divination Board Carved Wood Nigeria African
Type of Object Divination object
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 16.5 Inches
Width: 13 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most ofour pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair scraped surface, chips. stains, dirt, general wear

Additional Information:The borders of this old and well-used circular tray are decorated with elaborate symbols including  faces of Eshu, stylized snake, lizard, crocodile, cowries, ect. Trays like this are used by a priest-diviner (known among the Yoruba as a Babalawo) during divination directed to prevent illness or forestall bad luck. Yoruba Ifa oracle trays are marked by the head of Eshu, which is positioned opposite the diviner. The circle on the back serves a unique ritual function. It is fed once a year by the members of a secret society. During this act of feeding, it gives increase Ase (power/energy/life force) to the diviner and increases the power of the divination. It is also used in some questionable acts, such as using divination for negative purposes.

Recommended Reading: For a number of examples of these trays, see "THE YORUBA ARTIST"-Hans Witte article.