These naked twins are wearing loincloths, necklaces of red tubular beads forming thin threaded pastilles around the neck, and large metallic rings, the abiku, around the wrists.
Shiny chocolate patina.
Considered to be much more than a physical representation of a beloved one, the Ibeji influences the life of the family, that is the reason why the family continues to devote prayers and cults, and to offer libations to it.
These pieces are among the most renowned artworks of the Yoruba ethnic group. In fact, the occurrence of twins is stronger within this ethnic group than anywhere else in Africa. Therefore, this specificity naturally influenced and integrated their statuary.
Indeed, there are dozens of stylistic movements for these famous pieces.
- Ibeji couple
- Indigenous object name
- Ancienne collection Robert Lemariey (Paris, France)
- Region/ country
- Beads, Metal, Wood
- 1st half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 25×9×9 cm