Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba / Pair of Divination Bag Panels / early 1900sAfrica, Nigeria, Yoruba
Pair of Divination Bag Panels
early 1900s

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Nigerian
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba
Title: Pair of Divination Bag Panels
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1930
Creation Date: early 1900s
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Costume
Materials and Techniques: cloth, glass beads, cardboard
Dimensions: Overall: 49.5cm, Bag: 21.5cm x 19.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1995.23.1
ID Number: 1995.23.2
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Style or Period: Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba
Context: The prestige and power of the Ifa cult is indicated by the fact that only Ifa priests and rulers of sacred descent may wear beaded costumes. Pouches such as these are worn around the Ifa priest's neck, and contain ritual items used in divination. The face on each bag panel represents a deity, perhaps a special patron of the priest who commissioned the bags.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1995.23.1-2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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