"Couple of Twins IBEJI" - Wood, Cowry, Rafia - YORUBA - Nigeria

"Couple of Twins IBEJI" - Wood, Cowry, Rafia - YORUBA - Nigeria
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Magnificent and Rare “Couple of IBEJI Twins” of the Yoruba People from Nigeria
Very beautiful patina, the pieces are decorated with vests embroidered with a multitude of cowry shells.

In the language of the Yoruba people, Ibeji means twin: IBI = born and EJI = two.

A fascinating story:
In the past, the birth of twins was a negative sign, with many superstitions, including the most tragical one, when the mother was accused of adultery, the twins’ birth supposing two fathers and revealing the mother’s infidelity, resulting in the murder of the mother and her twins.

Considering that in the Yoruba country there is 1 birth of twins out of 22 births.
The systematic murder of twins and their mothers did not encourage demographic growth.
This attitude suddenly changed in the first half of the century.

The Ibeji is therefore the guardian of the soul of the deceased twin. This is the reason why it is treated with the same thoughtful care than the one given to the living twin.

Ibeji 1 Woman:
Height: 25 cm - Width: 11 cm - Depth: 12 cm.
Ibeji 2 Man:
Height: 23 cm - Width: 11 cm - Depth: 11.5 cm.

Provenance: Private Belgian collection.

Shipment in a parcel with track & trace.

Lot details
"Couple of Twins IBEJI"
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Wood, Cowry, Rafia
2nd half 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
25×11×12 cm
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