- Label Text
- Among the Yoruba, individuals or groups seek solutions to serious problems through ifa divination. During the process, the diviner manipulates palm nuts and records the resulting numerical pattern in the white wood dust spread on a carved board. He then recites the stories and prescribed sacrifices associated with that pattern. The motifs in high relief around the board's rim are drawn from the Yoruba cosmic world. The face of Eshu, the trickster and messenger to the gods, is centered on the rim and faces the diviner.
- Wood circular board with raised border of stylized frontal face flanked by an interlace motif, opposite a small round face surrounded by radiating cowrie shells.
- Roy and Sophia Sieber, Bloomington, Indiana, -- to 1984
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Yoruba artist
- Early to mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Roy and Sophia Sieber
- Wood, pigment
- H x W x D: 3.1 x 41.8 x 40.9 cm (1 1/4 x 16 7/16 x 16 1/8 in.)