Rare Yoruba Iroke Ifa Divination Bone Tapper
AGE: 17th -18th Century
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Rare Yoruba Iroke Ifa Divination Bone Tapper sourced on the Ivory Coast is a carved wand-type object used by a shaman among the Yoruba people in Nigeria who has the special gift of divination to invoke the god Orunmila, the god of knowledge, wisdom, and the god of fate also referred to as Lfa.
This particular Irooke Lfa shows the figure of a man with a beard seated on a small seat with both hands resting on his stomach. The centre part is hollow with a round bead which rattles when the Iroke Lfa is tapped. Two bands with a geometric pattern are carved into the Iroke Lfa under the seat and again at the beginning of the tapping section with two decoratively carved sections separated by a smooth bulbous section between two carved bands. There is some damage to the mid-section, possibly the area in which it has been repeatedly struck during divinations. (see images)