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Divination Tapper (Iro Ifa)

19th century

Ivory

15 3/8 x 1 3/4 in. (39 x 4.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.76
Culture: 
Yoruba
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Tools and Equipment
Geography: 
Made in Guinea Coast, Nigeria
Made in Guinea Coast, Republic of Benin
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Morris J. Pinto, Paris, to Nov. 8, 1976; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1976–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Frederick John Lamp, “Charles Benenson and His Legacy of African Art to Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 26, ill.

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006): 222.

Frederick John Lamp, “Hot Space, Cool Space: The Reinstallation of the African Art Collection in the Louis Kahn Building at Yale University,” African Arts 40 (Summer 2007): 36, fig. 1.

Frederick John Lamp, Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012), 114, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.