Among the Yoruba - an ethnic group established in Nigeria, Benin and in a part of Togo - the birth of twins was interpreted as an exceptional, beneficial but also supernatural sign. The Yoruba devote a true cult to these twins, materialised in the form of wooden statuettes named Ibeji, meaning twins.
When a twin dies, the parents commission an Ibeji to the sculptor which will become the substitute child. An important ritual which consists in invocations and offerings surrounds the craftsmanship of this sculpture.
With its traditional scarification and the beads surrounding its body, this Ibeji with globulous eyes represents well its ethnic group.
- Indigenous object name
- fétiche ibeji
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- 2nd half 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 6×26×26 cm
- 360 g