Tapper (Iroke Ifa)

A work made of ivory.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ivory.

Date:

17th/18th century

Artist:

Yoruba
Owo region, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

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.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Yoruba

Title

Tapper (Iroke Ifa)

Origin

Owo

Date

1601–1800

Medium

Ivory

Dimensions

H. 47 cm (18 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

2000.316

Extended information about this artwork

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