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Ibeji female twin figures

Ibeji female twin figures

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Ibeji female twin figures, from the Yoruba people, both stand on a wooden base, long flat feet, small legs, thin chest, large breasts, thick arms fall down to the hips, the hands are in a position to hold an object, the rounded head mounts a thick cylindric neck, the facial features have been worn out and erased, especially around the mouth, one sculpture has coloured necklaces around her neck, the black and white bracelets are to honour Orisha Eshu, the blue bracelets for Orisha Eshun who is the mother of many children; ritual oil and camwood powder is smear onto both sculptures, signs of use.

Sources: Doppel-Leben Ibeji Zwillingsfiguren, Hanni Jantzen und Ludwig Bertsch SJ. Munchen: Hirmer 1993, p.80.

Enzyklopadie Der Ibeji, Fausto Polo, p.496.
“Yoruba peoples have one of the highest incidents of twin births in the world. As a result, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by Sango, the deity of thunder. They are believed to be capable of bestowing immense wealth upon their families or misfortune on those who do not honour them. Powerful spirits in life, twins are honoured with carved memorial figures when they die. These figures, known as ere ibeji (literally meaning ere: sacred image; ibi: born; eji: two), remain a point of access to the spirit of the departed individual. The mother provides ritual care to the figures, bathing, dressing, adorning, and feeding them. Such daily handling is responsible for giving their surface its distinctive patina. Ere ibeji invariably represent their subjects with mature adult physiognomies, and are often crowned with elaborate hairdos.”

Lit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.



Height: 20 cm / 21 cm
Weight: 210 g / 220 g

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