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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary



Apo Ifa (Diviner's Bag)

19th century - 20th century
Woven, sewn, and beaded cloth with glass beads and fiber

9 in. x 9 1/2 in. (22.86 cm x 24.13 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.25
Other Number(s): 83-47B (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld 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.
  • bags - Small, medium, or large-sized soft or rigid receptacles, intended for carrying personal articles and usually used as ladies' costume accessories. A bag is closed in on all sides except at the top, where also it generally can be closed, and usually having handles or straps for carrying on the shoulder or in the hand.
  • bags - Containers or receptacles of leather, cloth, paper, or other flexible material, often capable of being closed at the mouth. For ladies' bags intended to carry personal articles, use "bags (costume accessories)." For large containers of cloth or plastic for carrying, transporting, or storing produce and other items, use "sacks."
  • beadwork - Visual works comprising designs, patterns, or other arrangements of beads, typically stringed or attached to textile supports.
  • divination objects - Objects used in divination or associated with divination rituals.
  • multicolored - Refers generally to the use of many colors.
  • Nigerian
  • sacred objects - Broadly, ceremonial objects that retain their sacredness in their present context. Sometimes defined more narrowly as only those needed by a present-day culture to practice their religion. For objects that are used primarily for a religious ceremony or function, but are not necessarily in themselves considered sacred, use "religious objects."
  • scarifications - Refers to permanent marks, such as symbols, patterns, or other designs, made on human skin by scarring, done for social or cultural reasons or for personal decoration.
  • 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.
  • Yoruba

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991


Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0179574.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "The Met Online Collections Database." The Met Collection. (Accessed April 9, 2020): The Metropolitan Museum of Art, https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/. Accession No.: 1999.296.
  • "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020): Imodara.com. https://www.imodara.com/discover/nigeria-yoruba-apo-ifa-divination-bag/.
  • "Art and Life in Africa: Peoples." (Accessed May 11, 2020): https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/peoples/. https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/topic-essays/show/16?start=0.
  • Henry John Drewal, "Yorùbá Beadwork in Africa." African Arts 31, no. 1 (Winter 1998): 18-27, 94.

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