1800 to 2000 Nigeria

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A pair of non-identical twins with large tubular bead necklaces. The male wearing a loincloth with ties at the rear, his hands resting on his hips. One foot is damaged. Both male and female have crested hairstyles and have worn faces. On the underneath of the base is a carved sign of a triangle with projections on all points.
Early 20th century

Abeokuta. Carved by either the Adugbologe or Akinyoda families. Could be Ojerinde. A double triangle is the sign of Salakata Ayo.

Size: Female: 19 cm high - 7½ ins high
Male: 20 cm high - 8 ins high
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.

cf. Ibeji. Mareidi & Gert Stoll, 1980. illus. 3. 8
Ibeji. Chemeche, 2003. illus. 252
African Artistry. Arnette Coll. Technique and Aesthetics in Yoruba sculpture. April 17 - May 25 1980. The High Museum Atlanta. Illus. 66
Yoruba Art & Aesthetics, Rietberg Museum Zurich. 1991
p.36 illus. 44 a/b.
Height 20.00 cm (7.87 inches)
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