Group Title: Divination Tapper (iroke ifa) Yoruba People
Title: Divination Tapper (iroke ifa)
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 Material Information
Title: Divination Tapper (iroke ifa)
Physical Description: Beads, ivory, fabric, leather, 8 7/8 x 1 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (22.5 x 3.2 x 4.4 cm)
Creator: Yoruba People , 20th Century
Donor: McGalliard, Rod ( donor )
 Subjects
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Nigeria
 Notes
Abstract: Divination tappers, or iroke ifa, are used by Ifa priests during divination. The pointed end is tapped against the divination tray to greet Orunmila, the god of fate, also known as Ifa. Generally, iroke ifa are made of wood, but this exceptionally opulent example has been carved of ivory and adorned with elaborate beadwork on the handle and the sheath. Beadwork is the prerogative of royalty but is also extended to priests and diviners. The sheath bears images of a chameleon – a primordial creature known for its wise, cautious behavior – and the face is that of a deity who guides the divination process.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083048
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: 1995.28.22

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