YORUBA DIVINATION TRAYS, NIGERIA

Yoruba
Tray 35
13.5" high
$800

 Yoruba
Tray 3
15.5" high
$1200

 Yoruba
Tray 6
11.5" high
$700

Yoruba
Tray 2
14.5" high
$800

Yoruba
Tray 16
13" high
$800

Yoruba
Tray 17
15" high
$1000

Yoruba
Tray 18
10.5" high
$600

Yoruba
Tray 24
15" high
$500


Yoruba
Tray 19
10.5" high
$700

Yoruba
Tray 21
9.5" high
$600

Yoruba
Tray 26
15" high
$600

Yoruba
Tray 28
12.5" high
$600

Yoruba
Tray 29
14" high
$1000

Yoruba
Tray 30
12.5" high
$600


Yoruba
Tray 33
10" high
$500

Yoruba
Tray 32
8.5" high
$400

Yoruba
Tray 36
11" high
$400

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YORUBA DIVINATION TRAYS, Nigeria


All of these divination trays have been vetted as being authentic, most with significant signs of use and age.

Divination (Ifa) is practiced to explain misfortunes and help to prevent them. In western Africa, the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin use a decorated tray for divination. This round, rectangular, or half-moon-shaped board is carved with geometric and animal motifs and one or more images of Eshu, the Yoruba trickster deity, who is thought to deliver messages to and from the spirit world. The divining process begins by covering the board with white chalk. The diviner then throws palm nuts onto the board and interprets the markings they make on its surface.

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