Tapper (Iroke Ifa)

A work made of ivory.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ivory.

Date:

17th/18th century

Artist:

Yoruba
Owo region, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

A Yoruba diviner strikes a tapper against his tray to call the deity of fate, Orunmila, to the proceedings. The middle section of this ivory tapper depicts a kneeling hunter who clutches a bow and arrow in his right hand and a large crocodile in his left.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Yoruba

Title

Tapper (Iroke Ifa)

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1601–1800

Medium

Ivory

Dimensions

H. 47 cm (18 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

2000.316

Extended information about this artwork

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