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Yoruba Divination Board ‘Opon Ifa’ ex Ursula Voorhuis


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The rim decorated with geometric motifs, at the top a face representing Eshu, the messenger deity who acts as a medium between the human and the spirit world. H. 27,5 cm, W. 33 cm. The board has been well used and shows a good amount of wear and a great patina. Nigeria, first half 20th century. Provenance: Ursula Voorhuis, The Netherlands. She owned one of the biggest Yoruba collections in the world and did a lot of field research and collecting in the 60’s and 70’s.