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THE BALENE MCCORMICK COLLECTION

Yoruba Ajere Ifa Divination Bowl, Ketu Region, Republic of Benin or Nigeria
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
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THE BALENE MCCORMICK COLLECTION

Yoruba Ajere Ifa Divination Bowl, Ketu Region, Republic of Benin or Nigeria
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

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New York

Yoruba Ajere Ifa Divination Bowl, Ketu Region, Republic of Benin or Nigeria

Provenance

William Wright, New York
Balene McCormick, Santa Fe, acquired from the above on June 26, 1985

Catalogue Note

Featuring a male figure on horseback, presumably a chief, flanked by four attendents, two women in front followed by two men in the back, the McCormick Ajere Ifa is a sculptural tour-de-force work by an unknown Yoruba artist from the Ketu region who was active in the middle of the 19th century.  Two other works by the same hand are known, both in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago: a stool for a Shango altar (inv. no. "2002.276") and an Eshu scepter (inv. no. "1991.396").  Elaborately carved bowls such as the McCormick Ajere Ifa were receptacles for the sixteen palm nuts and other equipment used during the ifa divination oracle.  Its complex iconography, splendid quality and sheer size attest to its ritual importance and suggest that it was commissioned by a diviner of high status.

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

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New York