Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba, Oyo area, 19th century / Divination Cup / late 1800sAfrica, Nigeria, Yoruba, Oyo area, 19th century
Divination Cup
late 1800s

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Creator Nationality: Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba, Oyo area, 19th century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba, Oyo area, 19th century
Title: Divination Cup
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1875
Creation End Date: 1900
Creation Date: late 1800s
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood
Dimensions: Overall: 31.7cm x 15.7cm x 15.9cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1994.200
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Style or Period: Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba, Oyo area, 19th century
Context: Cups supported by a caryatid figure are essential implements in the Ifa divination riturals of the Yoruba people. In Ifa divination, a priest, or Babalawo, contacts the deity Orunmila on behalf of a supplicant who needs guidance. Orunmila, present at the time of creation, knows the destiny of all human beings. The divination cup holds palm nuts, which are cast by the priest to reveal which chants should be recited. Orunmila's advice to the petitioner is interpreted from these sacred chants.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1994.200
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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