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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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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria,

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1991.1066

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment traces

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Ritual Objects