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Yoruba Ibeji Pair of Twin Figures Igbomina Nigeria African Art

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Title Yoruba Ibeji Pair of Twin Figures Igbomina Nigeria African Art
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba (Igbomina )
Materials Wood, pigment, beads
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 9 Inches
Width: 3.25 Inches
Depth: 3 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Arrested bug damage, repairs, cracks, chips and well worn patinas

Additional Information: These fine Yoruba Ibeji are carved in a unique style that emphasizes the interesting headdress indicating hair. Both have scarification and are decorated with colorful beads.

The Ere Ibeji will be fed, washed, clothed and treated as though it were alive and present. On special days such as the twin s birthdays, ere Ibeji cult days, mothers will at times go the market place and sing and dance with the Ere Ibeji. They would be honored by other women with presents and money given to them in recognition of their special status as a mother of twins. Ere Ibeji are also identified with the Yoruba Thunder God Shango who is known by red beads around the waist or ankles and often by the application of blue indigo to the hair. Ere Ibeji are carved as small children with adult attributes as to sex, breasts and hairstyles as a result they are fixed in time as children and as adults.

Further Readings:R. F. Thompson: Black Gods and Kings: Yoruba Art at UCLA, (Los Angeles, 1971) M. H. Houlberg: Ibeji Images of the Yoruba , African Arts, vii/1, 1973, pp. 20-27, 91-2 M. Stoll and G. Stoll: Ibeji: Twin Figures of the Yoruba, (Munich, 1980) Abiodun, A, H. J. Drewal and J. Pemberton III: Yoruba Art and Aesthetics, (Zurich,1991)