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Yoruba Divination Tray Elaborate Motifs Nigeria African Art

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Title Yoruba Divination Tray Elaborate Motifs Nigeria Africa
Type of Object Divination object, tray
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials wood, pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 10 inches diam
Overall Condition Good. Most of our 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 age cracks, chips and stains


Yoruba Divination Tray with Elaborate Motifs Africa


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.