Diviner’s Bag (Àpò Ifá)

late 19th–early 20th century

African Art


Cloth and glass beads


9 1/2 × 10 × 1 5/8 in. (24.1 × 25.4 × 4.1 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Carol B. and Jerome P. Kenney

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Possibly Alfred Scheinberg (died 1992), New York [see note 1]; with Tambaran Gallery (Maureen Zarember, dealer), New York, early 1980s; sold to Carol Brock Kenney (born 1947) and Jerome Paul Kenney (1941–2019) New York, May 1991 (inv. no. 1111); given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2022

Note 1: Maureen Zarember states that the bag was most likely the property of Alfred Scheinberg, an African art dealer. In the early 1980s, Alfred Scheinberg and Maureen Zarember were actively buying works from several African traders who specialized in African beadwork (Maureen Zarember, email, June 3, 2021, curatorial object file).

  • James Green et al., Bámigbóyè: A Master Sculptor of the Yorùbá Tradition, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2022), 46, 222, fig. 17
  • "Selected Acquisitions," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2022–23), 110–11, 112, ill
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Object/Work type

bags (containers)

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