Carved ivory head (Ikan ifa) Nigeria

Carved ivory head (Ikan ifa)
Carved ivory head (Ikan ifa)

Custodian: University of Glasgow Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Reference: GLAHM E.1987.12/1

This ivory carved Yoruba head has a stylised, anthropomorphic face with protruding eyes and lips and carved hair. It is decorated with symmetrical lines inscribed about the nose. The ikan ifa were used by the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria in divination rituals.

Maker: not known

Materials: ivory