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Yoruba Apo Ifa (Divination Bag), Nigeria http://www.imodara.com/post/94252527214/nigeria-yoruba-apo-ifa-divination-bag

A Yoruba Tribe Beaded Fabric Bag with Dance Panel, Nigeria, Century.

Yoruba Bag | NIgera | Used to carry divination objects and tools, the bags are worn in public ceremonies by Ifa priestesses and used and displayed in their homes. Beads were signs of wealth and status. The beaded front lifts up to reveal a pouch on the back panel.

Yoruba Bag | NIgera | Used to carry divination objects and tools, the bags are worn in public ceremonies by Ifa priestesses and used and displayed in their homes. Beads were signs of wealth and status. The beaded front lifts up to reveal a pouch on the back panel.

Yoruba Bag | Nigeria | Used to carry divination objects and tools, the bags are worn in public ceremonies by Ifa priestesses and used and displayed in their homes. Beads were signs of wealth and status. The beaded front lifts up to reveal a pouch on the back panel.

Yoruba Bag | Nigeria | Used to carry divination objects and tools, the bags are worn in public ceremonies by Ifa priestesses and used and displayed in their homes. Beads were signs of wealth and status. The beaded front lifts up to reveal a pouch on the back panel.

Africa | Diviner's bag.  Yoruba peoples, Nigeria | Mid 20th century | Cloth, glass beads, plant fiber | Yoruba consider only the gods or those who communicate with them to be entitled to own and display fully beaded objects, such as this diviner's bag. Diviners, like rulers, mediate forces in the spiritual realm. Sacred colors and a range of beaded forms commemorate the breadth and depth of their spiritual knowledge.

Africa | Diviner's bag. Yoruba peoples, Nigeria | Mid 20th century | Cloth, glass beads, plant fiber | Yoruba consider only the gods or those who communicate with them to be entitled to own and display fully beaded objects, such as this diviner's bag. Diviners, like rulers, mediate forces in the spiritual realm. Sacred colors and a range of beaded forms commemorate the breadth and depth of their spiritual knowledge.

Yoruba Ifa Diviner's bag

Photo by Tim Hamill. These bags were worn in public ceremonies by If a priestesses to carry divination objects and tools. Beads were signs of wealth and status. This example, however, was probably made for the tourist trade.

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