1800 to 2000 Nigeria

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A male twin figure with powerful head thrust forward and with a washed patina. Large blue beads around his neck and lighter blue and red beads around the left wrist. Horizontal scars on his face, and carved vertical lines on his stomach.
19th century

Ilobu / Oshogbo
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. 72. 73
Ibeji, Mareidi & Gert Stoll. 1980. illus. 96. 119
See also: The story of Sacred Wood Carvings from one small Yoruba town. Ulli Beier. Printed in Lagos. 1957

Height 25.00 cm (9.84 inches)
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