Agere Ifa

Small carved wooden or ivory sculptures consisting of a figurine, often a male equestrian or a kneeling woman, and a shallow bowl. The bowl is used to hold the sixteen sacred palm nuts used in Yoruba divination rituals. Such sculptures are works of art commissioned by patrons from the carvers.

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30952
Names
agere Ifa Spanish
divination cups

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Small carved wooden or ivory sculptures consisting of a figurine, often a male equestrian or a kneeling woman, and a shallow bowl. The bowl is used to hold the sixteen sacred palm nuts used in Yoruba divination rituals. Such sculptures are works of art commissioned by patrons from the carvers.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300264447. The J. Paul Getty Trust.