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Yoruba tray (N° 23353)

Supports of the ritualist named babalawo (or Babalao), priest of Ifa in the Yoruba language, these trays exist in three shapes, including the circular (opon ribiti) like this copy. They are intended for Ifa, a system of divination which represents the teachings of the orisha Orunmila, orisha of Wisdom. The babalawo claim to secure the future through their communication with Orunmila. In Yoruba thought in Nigeria and among those in Benin, the orishas form a variety of divine spirits controlling natural forces. They are found mainly in the Yoruba cosmogony but more widely in West Africa and in the diasporas of Central and South America. The center of the board, aarin opon, forms a chart in which kaolin powder (or flour) allows the diviner-priest to trace the solutions to his client's problem. On the frieze appears engraved the face of Esu / Elegba divine messenger. During the divination process, in order to invoke the orishas and accompany their songs, the diviner hammers the tray with a rattle carved in wood or ivory (iroké). Glossy patina of use, abrasions.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyYoruba
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height cm24
Width25 cm
Weight0.55 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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