Twin Doll

Yoruba, Nigeria
Early 20th Century
Previous Collection: Private NYC Collection, acquired from William Arnett ( Well known photographer, author and collector of Tribal Art. Authored many books and catalogs; notably the " Three rivers of Nigeria " for the High Museum"

When a twin dies among the Yoruba a wooden carving is created for the mother to care of as if it was the actual child. The spirit is contained in the doll called IBEJI; this piece exemplifies all that is the Ibeji tradition. The stature is shortened which is slightly unusual ; but the form is stylistically correct. The camwood buildup is from decades of applications and the beads adorned are from gifts received on the child's birthday. This Ibeji has its original inlaid eyes which is uncommon.

This doll stands 8 inches tall.
IN 10-4-12/ SOLD