It is use while divination is in progress, the babalawo taps a divination tray (opon Ifa) with the pointed end of the iroke Ifa to greet and invoke Orunmila (the tapping sound is meant to attract the attention of Ifa
- Hollowed cylindrical form
- Length = 8 – 16 inches
- Usually carved in ivory (in Yorubaland, ivory is treasured for its durability, scarcity and association with the elephant – a symbol of prestige and sovereignty)
- Sometimes found in brass or wood
- Topmost pointed end:
- Conical projection without any design or decoration
- Shaped like an elephant tusk.