Tapper (Iroke Ifa)

A work made of wood, glass beads, and thread.

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  • A work made of wood, glass beads, and thread.

Date:

Mid–20th century

Artist:

Yoruba
Ketu region, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

A Yoruba diviner strikes a tapper against his tray to call the deity of fate, Orunmila, to the proceedings. This wooden tapper features an unusual upside-down design: a kneeling woman carrying a basket on top of her head and a baby strapped on her back.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Yoruba

Title

Tapper (Iroke Ifa)

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1925–1975

Medium

Wood, glass beads, and thread

Dimensions

H. 42.6 cm (16 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

2000.317

Extended information about this artwork

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