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Diviner's Bowl (opon igedeu)

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One of the most prolific Yoruba artists was Arowogun of Osi-Ilorin, whose commissions included palace doors and pillars as well as smaller objects, such as this bowl, which was used for the storage of ritual materials in Ifa divination ceremonies, widely practiced among the Yoruba. It was used...

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August, 1986, collected in-situ [see note 1] and acquired by Charles Davis, Davis Gallery, New Orleans; autumn 1986, sold by Davis Gallery to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1991, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992) NOTES: [1] According to Charles Davis this comes from the village of Omu-Aran, Nigeria.

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria,


Height: 31.11 cm (12 1/4 in.) Diameter: 29.21 cm (11 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment traces


Africa and Oceania


Ritual Objects