Yoruba Ritual Basket,Nigeria, anauthentic Africal Tribal basket is adorned rows of cowrie shells. Adorning ritual items with shells and beads was a sign of status and wealth to the Yoruba people. Large grass, beaded baskets like this would hold the diviner's regalia and cowrie shells that would be tossed onto the ground and interpreted by the diviner.
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DIMENSIONS:10" DIA x 5" H
ORIGINS: Yoruba, Nigeria
CIRCA: Mid 20th Century
MATERIALS: Leather, Woven Dried Grass and Cowrie Shells
FACTS & HISTORY: The culture of Nigeria is shaped by Nigeria's multiple ethnic groups. The country has 527 languages, seven of which are extinct. Nigeria also has over 1150 dialects and ethnic groups. The three largest ethnic groups are the Hausas that are predominantly in the north, the Yorubas who predominate in the southwest, and the Igbos in the southeast.
The Yoruba people are a West African ethnic group that mainly inhabits parts of Nigeria, Benin and Togo. The areas of these countries primarily inhabited by Yorubas are often collectively referred to asYorubaland The Yorubas constitute more than 47 million people in Africa, are a few hundred thousand outside the continent, and bear further representation among members of the African diaspora. The vast majority of the Yoruba population is today within the country of Nigeria, where they are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. Most Yoruba people speak the Yoruba language, which is the Niger-Congo language with the largest number of native speakers.