Shrine Figure of a Kneeling Ifa Diviner
Shrine Figure of a Kneeling Ifa Diviner
Shrine Figure of a Kneeling Ifa Diviner
Shrine Figure of a Kneeling Ifa Diviner
Shrine Figure of a Kneeling Ifa Diviner

Shrine Figure of a Kneeling Ifa Diviner


Artist
Lamidi Fakeye (Nigerian, 1928 – 2009)
Date
1993
Medium
oroo mahagony
Dimensions
Work : 12 x 3 7/8 x 3 3/4 in. (30.48 x 9.84 x 9.53 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Haight
Object Number
2017.60.5

Label
The partially shaved head, medicine gourds, sacrificial chicken and tusk identify this kneeling figure as an Ifa diviner. Such figures were traditionally placed on shrines dedicated to Orunmila, the Yoruba god of wisdom and knowledge. The figure kneels as a sign of respect for the deity.

Object Type
Sculpture
Wood