Diviner or Priest's Bag
DateMid 20th century
MediumBeads and cotton
DimensionsWork : 26 1/2 x 10 x 3/4 in. (67.31 x 25.4 x 1.91 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelIfa diviners traditionally wear white garments that are accentuated by colorful beadwork sashes and shoulder bags. Beadwork was an important art form in traditional Yoruba culture, and beaded garments and objects were regarded as symbols of status and wealth. The design on this beadwork bag of a kneeling woman holding a bowl on her head probably represents an Ifa divination bowl.