Palm nuts with blue cloth bag, Nigeria, 1880-1920

Made:
1880-1920 in Nigeria
maker:
Yoruba people

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Palm nuts with blue cloth. Yoruba people, Nigeria. 1880-1920. General view. White background.
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Palm nuts. Yoruba people, Nigeria, 1880-1920. Detail view. White background.
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Palm nuts. Yoruba people, Nigeria, 1880-1920. Plan view. White background.
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Palm nuts with blue cloth bag, Yoruba people, Nigeria, 1880-1920

A set of palm nuts usually kept in the blue cloth bag. Diviners of the Yoruba people of Nigeria pass sixteen palm nuts from hand to hand eight times. Each time, one or two nuts are kept in the hand and this is marked on a board. The diviner reads the pattern of these marks and matches it to one of 256 odu (signs or messages).

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Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A234414
Materials:
cloth, kernels, pine
Measurements:
overall (bag only): 60 mm x 155 mm x 400 mm, .032 kg
type:
divination set
taxonomy:
  • divination object
credit:
Glendining

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