Curator‘s Comments

An agere Ifa is one of the essential ritual artifacts used by divination priests. When an individual or group consults an Ifa priest with a problem, the diviner uses sixteen sacred palm nuts to “cast Ifa” and produce images for the client. This agere Ifa was carved by a master carver, and has an intricate grouping of seven figures and a horse. In the faces of the equestrian figure and the mother with child, the carver has reflected the desires of the people consulting the priest, and has provided visual expressions of hope and expectation.

Unknown artist. Yoruba peoples, Nigerian

Agere Ifa, 19th-20th century

Wood

Purchased with the gift of Bonnie Sacerdote, class of 1964

ID Number: SC 2004:46