Yorùbá. <em>Divination Tapper (Iroke Ifá)</em>, 18th century (possibly). Ivory, 13 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (33 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Collection of Beatrice Riese, 2011.4.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.4.1_SL3_edited.jpg)

Divination Tapper (Iroke Ifá)


Medium: Ivory

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:18th century (possibly)

Dimensions: 13 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (33 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm)



Accession Number: 2011.4.1

Image: 2011.4.1_SL3_edited.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Ivory staff. Upper half carved in the form of a kneeling nude woman wearing only a beaded waist band, a beaded necklace with triangular amulets in the front and back, and an elaborate coiffure. The woman holds a fan in her hands. Her face has a lip labret and three scarification marks on each cheek. The pupil of the left eye has an iron (?) inlay. The inlay of the right eye has been lost leaving behind black residue in its place. The lower pointed end of the staff is circumscribed with shallow narrow lines between bands of cross hatching. Condition: Overall condition excellent, numerous hairline cracks in surface.

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