1800 to 2000 Nigeria

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A superb male Ibeji with an elegant hairstyle of two plaits sweeping up and back on his head. Red and white beads decorate his neck together with blue, red and white striped larger beads. Around his waist are coconut slices interspersed with red beads. Having a protruding stomach with Tukula powder partly applied to the body. The fine brown patina is somewhat lighter on the face.
19th century

Ede. Oyo State. By Abegunde of Ede (a beautiful example)

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. 93
Ibeji. Chemeche, 2003. illus. 95. 99

Height 28.50 cm (11.22 inches)
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