YORUBA IBEJI FIGURE 20, NIGERIA

Photographs © Tim Hamill

Yoruba
Ibeji 20
9.25" high
$800

This Yoruba Ibeji twin figure has been vetted as authentic, with age and evidence of use.

The Yoruba, with a high rate of multiple births, feel that twins are very special and powerful. If a twin dies, a figure dedicated to Ibeji, the diety of twins, is carved to be the earthly abode of the spirit of that twin. The figure is nurtured by the mother and/or the surviving twin . Different hair styles, scarification, figure shape and style of carving indicate the origin of a figure. Often dressed and fed, some still have their special robes.

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