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Divination Board [Opon Ifa]

Cultural Group: Nigeria, Yoruba people

Date: mid 20th century
Medium: wood and chalk
7/8 x 12 1/4 x 12 7/8"
Classification: Tools and Equipment
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bell
Object number: 75.015.006
DescriptionThe diviner (babalawo) uses such a tray to communicate with Ifa, the principle of certainty, order, and fate. The tray is dusted with chalk and marks are made in the powder to record the number of palm nuts manipulated by the diviner.
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