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Yoruba Ibeji Twin Figures Pair on Bases Nigeria Africa

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Title Yoruba Ibeji Twin Figures Pair on Bases Nigeria Africa
Type of Object Carving, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Wood, glass beads, metal, vulcanite
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 13.75 Inches
Width: 4.5-5 Inches
Depth: 4 Inches
Overall Condition Fair to good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair Repair to mid area

A fine pair. The beads include cylindrical Venetian whitehearts, British West African coin, vulcanite, and other Europen-made beads of the late 19th-early 20th C.

Additional Information: 

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)