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Twin Figures

Yoruba, Egba-Abeokuta region, Nigeria
Late 19th/Early 20th Century

Previous Collections: Gert Stoll, Munich acquired before 1965. Loed Van bussel Collection, Amsterdam

When a twin dies in Yoruba-land, an ‘Ibeji’ is carved for the mother and it is cared for as if it is the actual child. This pair is exceptional not only in their aesthetic quality; but they exhibit a lifetime of use and care. Carved from very hardwood, this pair with ornate coiffures have slowly developed a warm and soft patina from decades of washing, feeding, and clothing with cam wood. On special occasions Ibeji are given necklaces made from old trade beads, shells and other materials; this example has several attractive necklaces and beaded belt decorations that are still intact.

Twin Figures

Yoruba, Egba-Abeokuta region, Nigeria
Late 19th/Early 20th Century

Previous Collections: Gert Stoll, Munich acquired before 1965. Loed Van bussel Collection, Amsterdam

When a twin dies in Yoruba-land, an ‘Ibeji’ is carved for the mother and it is cared for as if it is the actual child. This pair is exceptional not only in their aesthetic quality; but they exhibit a lifetime of use and care. Carved from very hardwood, this pair with ornate coiffures have slowly developed a warm and soft patina from decades of washing, feeding, and clothing with cam wood. On special occasions Ibeji are given necklaces made from old trade beads, shells and other materials; this example has several attractive necklaces and beaded belt decorations that are still intact.

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