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Yoruba Ibeji Twin Doll Female African Art

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Title Yoruba Ibeji Twin Doll Female African
Type of Object Ibeji Twin Doll
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Wood, glass beads, reddish pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 10.75 x 3.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.


Additional Information:  A female Ere ibeji adorned with  trade beads, facial scarification and stylized coiffed hair with indigo pigmentation. In Yorubaland, the eyes and head are given hierarchical importance in art and sculpture., as their purpose is to out-stare death and light the path through the valley of immortality (Daniel Mato, PhD., Chelsea Cooksey, YORUBA: AN ART OF LIFE. , fig. 16, p. 31)


"Among the Yoruba, who have the highest rate of twins in the world, the arrival of twins is seen as both a blessing and an omen because of the high mortality rate.If a twin dies, an image dedicated to Ibeji, the deity of twins, is carved to serve as the earthly abode for the spirit of the deceased. (AFRICAN DOLLS FOR PLAY AND MAGIC, by Dagan.). "Among the Yoruba, twins have special powers, much like the orisha, and are to be treated with respect throughout their lives. If a twin dies, the mother seeks a diviner's advice about which carver should make the ere ibeji to stand in for the dead child. Once the figure is carved, the artist activates it by soaking it in a special solution and rubbing it with specific oils.The mother treats the ere ibeji as if it were alive, feeding, dressing, and bathing the image. Its face is washed with soap or sugarcane fiber, then rubbed with a cloth and indigo or laundry bluing.After a period of time, the facial features may be rubbed away." (ISN'T S/HE A DOLL -PLAY AND RITUAL IN AFRICAN SCULPTURE/Cameron)


Recommended Reading:


YORUBA-THE ART OF LIFE-THE BENNETT_LUTHER COLLECTION, Dr. Daniel Mato, by permission.


IBEJI, by Chemeche, ISN'T S/HE A DOLL-PLAY AND RITUAL IN AFRICAN SCULPTURE/Cameron