About this artwork
By wearing a beaded necklace, a Yoruba diviner is likened to a king. Because of this, the making of a diviner’s necklace, like a king’s beaded crown, calls for supreme artistry and the enactment of rituals of blessing and activation. The hundreds of multicolored beads on a diviner’s necklace symbolize the myriad elements that animate the universe. The beaded cylinders of the necklace’s chain are made of wood from a sacred tree that is said to ensure a long and prosperous life. Other medicines are inserted into its flat pendants. When the necklace is worn, these sit protectively at the base of the diviner’s neck and on his or her chest.
- Necklace (Odigba Ifa)
- Glass beads, cloth, and leather
- Gift of Deborah Stokes and Jeffrey Hammer