Ifa Divination Wand
MediumWood and iron
DimensionsWork : 10 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (26.04 x 3.81 x 3.81 cm)
Credit LineGift of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Haight
LabelTo establish a spiritual connection with the Yoruba god of wisdom and knowledge, Orunmila, Ifa diviners often tap on their trays with a curved wand as they chant praise songs to the deity. This particular wand has a piece of iron in its handle so that it can also function as a rattle. The wand is carved with an image of a kneeling woman holding her breasts with both hands, which functions here as a symbol of respect and humility.