A beautiful female Ibeji. With a typical five point hairdo from this area. Having two rows of blue and red beads around her neck and a mixture of coloured beads around her waist. Including some ancient tiny pink beads. Carved with a forward sloping stance and with a heavy application of Tukula on the body. She has a lip plug and her hair is applied with Rekitts Blue.
Ede. (possibly by Abegunde of Ede)
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. 95. 99. 102. 104
Ibeji. Chemeche, 2003. illus. 93