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ifa bowl, Nigerian, 1800-1878

ifa bowl, Nigerian, 1800-1878


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ifa bowl, Nigerian, 1800-1878

Ifa bowl. Shallow dish held aloft by seated female figure. Applied blue, white, yellow and red pigments. Carved from a single piece of wood

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This print showcases an exquisite Ifa bowl, a treasured artifact from Nigeria dating back to the 19th century. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this shallow dish is held aloft by a seated female figure, symbolizing the importance of women in Nigerian culture. The vibrant blue, white, yellow, and red pigments applied to the wooden surface add a touch of enchantment and allure. The Ifa bowl holds great significance in traditional Nigerian ceremonies and divination practices. It serves as a conduit between humans and spirits, allowing individuals to seek guidance and wisdom from ancestral forces. This ancient ritualistic object embodies centuries-old traditions deeply rooted in African spirituality. Carved from a single piece of wood by skilled artisans, this remarkable work of art exemplifies the rich cultural heritage found within Nigeria's diverse communities. Its intricate design not only reflects the artistic prowess but also highlights the spiritual beliefs that have shaped generations. Through this photograph captured by Nottingham City Photos, we are transported into Africa's mystical realm where ceremonies come alive with rhythmic drumming and incantations echoing through time. It reminds us of our shared humanity and how different cultures express their connection to something greater than themselves. This image invites us to appreciate both the beauty of craftsmanship and the profound symbolism behind it—an invitation to explore Nigeria's fascinating history while honoring its sacred traditions.

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