Yoruba Ifa Divination Bag

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IFA DIVINATION BAGS Date: 20th century Geography: Nigeria Culture: Yoruba peoples Medium: Cotton, beads, leather Dimensions: Length 11-1/2 in Breath 6-1/2 in Classification: Textiles and Beadwork Dedicated to the perpetual pursuit of knowledge, the Apo Ifa is a divination bag carried by babalawos. Their mobility and freedom to practice their profession anywhere are facilitated by a portable set of diving implements, which includes palm nuts (opele Ifa), a tray (opon Ifa), a tapper (iroke Ifa), and a small ivory head symbolic of the god Esu (also called Elegba). These are carried in the apo Ifa