1800 to 2000 Nigeria

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A beautiful rare male figure with three rows of beads around his neck, and black beads around his waist and wrists. Mouth, nose and hair in a continuous line. Unique circular ears. His hairdo is typical of Ilobu male Ibejis.
19th century

Ilobu Oyo area
All of these Ibeji were collected between May, 1958 and March, 1962 by one British collector who encountered his first sculpture in a small market in Oyo whilst he was working in western Nigeria as a biochemist. He subsequently developed an interest in the Yoruba and their religion and whilst continuing to purchase Ibeji he also attended and photographed the Yourba festivals. Through a network of priests and devotees he visited many villages and amassed a personal archive of research material and photographs. This material was used for lectures and some of the photographs were published whilst he was living in the USA. The material was copied by the Museum of Primitive Art and is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
This personal collection of Ibeji was formed to illustrate the Yoruba sculptural aesthetic, and out of a great interest in the people and their beliefs.

See: no. 2, in this catalogue, although finer it is in the same style and from the same area

cf. For hairstyles: Ibeji. Mareidi & Gert, Stoll illus. 123
Ibeji. Chemeche, illus. 66.67.68
Height 27.50 cm (10.83 inches)
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