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Yoruba Beaded Leather Diviner's Bag - PF.5465
Origin: Southwestern Nigeria
Circa: 20th th Century AD
Dimensions: 17" (43.2cm) high x 13" (33.0cm) wide
Collection: African
Style: Yoruba
Medium: Beads and Leather

Additional Information: Dimensions Do Not Include the Strap
Location: Great Britain
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Two circular faces, one with a green background and the other blue, are at the top of the bag’s beaded flap. They represent the god(s) to whom a diviner must appeal in order to assist a supplicant seeking aid and advice. Geometrical patterns in the center add an energetic interplay of color and shape, a reminder of the energy manifested by the gods. Two chameleons are at the bottom between oval holes lined in yellow. The chameleon is symbolic of transformation and adaptability, qualities a diviner/priest must possess. Such individuals are regarded with such esteem they are permitted to use beaded objects, a privilege usually reserved for Yoruba kings. The diviner’s bag (apo ifa) is used to hold a divining chain (opele ifa) and palm nuts, essential elements in the diviner’s trade. - (PF.5465)


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