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Divination Board Tapper (Iroke Ifa)

Date: collected between 1960-1973
Medium: wood
Overall (Tapper): 9 5/8 × 1 1/8 in. (24.4 × 2.9 cm)
Classification: Tools and Equipment
Credit Line: Gift of Professor and Mrs. Robert R. Ferens
Object number: 91.0091B
DescriptionThe tapper is used to greet Orunmila, the god of fate, at the beginning of the Ifa ritual. The face of Eshu at the top of the board indicates that fate (Orunmila) and uncertainty (Eshu) are interrelated and cannot be dealt with separately.
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