Necklace (Odigba Ifa)

A work made of glass beads, cloth, and leather.

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  • A work made of glass beads, cloth, and leather.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Yoruba
Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Wearing a beaded necklace like this one likens a Yoruba diviner (babalawo) to a king; accordingly, a diviner’s necklace and a king’s crown both require ritual actions. The beaded cylinders of the chain are made of wood from a sacred tree that is said to ensure longevity and prosperity. The flat pendants protecting the diviner’s neck and chest are filled with medicines and other ingredients with similar protective powers.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Yoruba

Title

Necklace (Odigba Ifa)

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Glass beads, cloth, and leather

Credit Line

Gift of Deborah Stokes and Jeffrey Hammer

Reference Number

1994.708

Extended information about this artwork

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