YORUBA DIVINATION TRAYS ARCHIVES, NIGERIA


The trays below have all been SOLD but are left here for educational and research purposes.
For UNSOLD trays please GO TO YORUBA DIVINATION TRAY PAGE

Yoruba
Tray 1
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 4
SOLD

 Yoruba
Tray 5
SOLD

 Yoruba
Tray 9
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 10
SOLD

 Yoruba
Tray 11
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 12
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 13
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 14
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 15
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 20
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 22
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 25
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 27
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 23
SOLD

 

Yoruba
Tray 34
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 8
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 31
13" high
SOLD

Yoruba
Tray 7
11" high
SOLD

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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