statue - Wood - fétiche ibeji - Yoruba - Nigeria

Description
statue - Wood - fétiche ibeji - Yoruba - Nigeria
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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.

Lot details
Object
statue
Indigenous object name
fétiche ibeji
Ethnic group/ culture
Yoruba
Region/ country
Nigeria
Material
Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
6×26×26 cm
Weight
360 g
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