Divination Figure
Nigeria, Yoruba
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Vianna Finch, acquired in the 1970’s from the Eric Robertson Gallery, New York City, then by descent to family.

Divination is a vital method for problem solving and future telling in Yoruba society. Performed by a Shaman, the ceremonies depend upon the desired outcome. This figure, usually paired with an identical twin figure, is an implement which would have been used by a shaman. Made of brass, the figure’s material helps to instill the object with power. The elaborate head, distinctive eyes and nose, exhibits an ornately decorated headdress. The figure is depicted in a low squat, abruptly ending in a flat spatula like implement.

Height: 12 inches
IN 7-15- 16 / SOLD


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