The tappers below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.
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Divination Objects were used to communicate with gods, spirits and ancestors
to understand or influence one's fate. Divination (Ifa) is practiced
to explain misfortunes and help to prevent them. The diviner, in consulting
a diety, manipulates sixteen palm nuts, reads the patterns they form and
marks the results on a divination board sprinkled with wood dust. The marks
indicate verses that should be chanted as prayers. The bowls are used to
hold kola nuts as offerings of hospitality or as receptacles for the sixteen
sacred palm nuts used in divination. The tappers were tapped to summon
and greet the spirits. The quality of the pieces enhanced the diviner's
status and inspired confidence in their skill.
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