Ibeji
Ibeji
Ibeji

Ibeji

1800 to 2000 Nigeria

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A fine male twin figure with scars down the side of his face, and a five point hairdo covered with Rekitts Blue. Red and white beads around the neck serve as protection from Shango. He also has red and flat white beads around his waist. Cowries on the left wrist and his body is applied with Tukula powder. Scars are carved coming down from the umbilicus.
19th / early 20th century

Ede. Ife area. Possibly carved by the son of 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. Chemeche 2003. illus. 96. 97. 101. 104
Ibeji. Mareidi & Gert Stoll. 1980 illus. 94
See also: no. 8, in this catalogue.
Dimensions
Height 28.00 cm (11.02 inches)
Medium
wood
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