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Planche de divination "opon ifa"

Nigéria, Yoruba

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Peter Stoffers, Kiel, Germany D: 35 cm / 37 cm Vendu

During the divination process, a "babalawo" spreads a layer of wood flour "iyerosun" - created by termites, across the surface of the "opon Ifa". Sixteen sacred palm nuts (or a divination chain - "opele ifa") are shaken to reveal wisdom and communication from "Orunmila". These verses ("odu") are then transferred onto the dusted tray, translated and recited by the "babalawo" for the client to reflect upon and take action.