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Tapper (Iroke Ifa)

A work made of ivory.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ivory.

Date:

17th or 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.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

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

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