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Yoruba Female Diviner Agere Ifa Nigeria African Art

$390.00
Product #: 91588
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Title Yoruba Female Figure with Vessel Diviner's Bags Agere Ifa Nigeria Africa
Type of Object Figure, carving
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 18 inches H. x 6 inches W.
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 cracks in base, wear, chips


Additional Information: An elaborate kneeling female figure holding a container on her head, wearing  diviner's bags across the chest. The figure shows a female carrying the large container with a pad between her head and the container, as though in real life. The figure comes from the Yoruba people.  It could well have been used in the divination process among the Yoruba called Ifa. Cowry shells, cola nuts, or a small chain may have been kept in the bowl being carried by the woman. These objects were used by a Yoruba diviner who would throw them on the ground and read their pattern to determine the will of Orunmila, one of the major Yoruba deities who knows all, past and present. This deity  is one who can insure that we live in a state of balance and harmony and to lead us to a good life. 


This  Agere Ifa  is carved in one of the numerous Yoruba sub-styles as would be expected from one of the largest art producing groups in Africa.