An Open Igede Ifa wood carved bowl with incised decorative elements mounted on black wooden base.
There are two types of the Yoruba offering bowls, with the bowl on top, is known as Agere Ifa and when the Yoruba offering bowl is made with a lidded bowl, it is called Opon Igede Ifa.
Dimensions – Sizes: 30 x 34 x 15 cm – 11.75 x 13.25 x 6 in. Height on stand: 32 cm – 12.5 in.
Provenance: New York collection.
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Traditionally, bowls such as these were used to hold kola nuts (obi) as offerings of hospitality, which were given to visitors as a gesture of welcome, and friendship. Often the guest and others present would chew kola while conversing.
June 25, 2020
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