- one can pose problems or questions to Ifa and through a divination ceremony receive advice or a solution.
- a kneeling mother with child is also common in Yoruban art. Images in African art rarely depict specific people, but instead are generic symbols of the lineage, progeny and clan forebears. This bowl may have been used to store kola nuts for ritual use. Kola nuts are the seed of a large tree. They were chewed at the beginning of important functions to heighten the participant's senses. Kola nut is an ingredient in the popular Coca-Cola beverage. Kola nuts are used as offerings to Ifa, the god of divination
- In Yoruban society, special bowls were used to store valuables, for presenting gifts of food to important visitors, and as part of rituals. Various realistically carved figures were used. Kneeling suggests a relationship to a higher force and is a pose of respect, whether it is a subject kneeling before his king, a young bride before her husband, or a child for a parent. Here a woman offers a fowl, a traditional Yoruban motif and an animal typically sacrificed in Yoruban rituals