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Figure - Wood - Ibeji - Nigeria

Lot reference 29534275
Figure - Wood - Ibeji  - Nigeria

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$177 Bidder 0619
29-09-2019 13:59:12

mid 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Object: Figure (More lots)
Indigenous object name: Ibeji
Region/ country: Nigeria
Material: Wood
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 10×3×2.5 in

For your consideration is a charming and nicely carved Ibeji figure from the Yoruba people of Nigeria.
This figure represents a deceased twin, who would have been venerated through figures of the type known as Ibeji.
Ibeji figures would be commissioned upon the death of a twin or set of twins, and would then be treated as if it is the twin or twins, being washed, fed, played with, and respected like a person.
This practice of veneration was very popular in Nigeria during the 19th and 20th centuries, and even continues in different ways in parts of Ghana.
Ex. US private collection.
Ex. Ted Stevens, acquired from the above.
Mounted professionally by Amyas Naegele.

Us EvansAfricanArt  

Catawiki member since September 16, 2018, received 3 reviews in total (3 in last 12 months)

  • Great figure and great service! Thanks!

    tommyrecaro October 17, 2019


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