About this artwork
A tapper is an essential tool in Yoruba divination. It is struck against a diviner’s tray to call Orunmila, the god of fate, to the proceedings. This ivory tapper has a classic tripartite form: the upper section portrays a kneeling woman; the midsection depicts a kneeling hunter who clutches a bow and arrow in his right hand and a large crocodile in his left; and the hollow lower section is embellished with intertwined lines.
- Tapper (Iroke Ifa)
- H. 47 cm (18 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection