Ibeji
Ibeji
Ibeji

Ibeji

1800 to 2000 Nigeria

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A tall female twin with pendulous breasts, long nose and beads around her left ankle. She has eyelashes carved all around her eyes. Scars next to her nose.
19th century

Ilobu Oyo area
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.

See: no. 34, in this catalogue, which is by the same hand

cf. Ibeji. Chemeche, 2003. illus. 62. 63. 64. 65. 67
Ibeji. Mareidi & Gert Stoll, 1980. illus. 123. 124
Artistic Artistry. Arnette Coll. May 1980. illus. 91. 92
Ibeji. Fausto Polo & Jean David, 2001. illus. 680

Dimensions
Height 29.50 cm (11.61 inches)
Medium
wood
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