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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary

Opon Ifa (Divination Tray)

Late 19th century - Mid 20th century

0.98 x 11.81 x 11.81 in. (2.489 x 29.997 x 29.997 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2016.14.94
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Jane Martin Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • divination objects - Objects used in divination or associated with divination rituals.
  • Nigerian
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.
  • Yoruba

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Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • John Pemberton, III and Henry John Drewal. The Yoruba Artist (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994), 67. Figure Number: 4-10, 4-11
  • "Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco." (Accessed April 8, 2020): Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Accession No.: 1996.12.66.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0102335.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.:0155635.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Henry John Drewal, "Senses in Understandings of Art." African Arts 38, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 1-96.
  • William Russell Bascom, Ifa Divination: Communication Between Gods and Men in West Africa (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1960), 26-39.
  • John Pemberton, III and Henry John Drewal. The Yoruba Artist (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994), 59-78.
  • Evelyn Roache, "The Art of the Ifa Oracle." African Arts 8, no. 1 (Autumn 1974): 20-25, 87.
  • Stefan Eisenhofer, ed. Kulte, Künstler, Könige in Afrika: Tradition und Moderne in Südnigeria (Linz, Austria: des Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseums, 1977), 190-203.

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