1800 to 2000 Nigeria

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A tall female twin figure slightly damaged by termites, with long triangular breasts, and a carved lip plug. The eyelashes are carved all around her round eyes. A squared mouth and pointed hairdo with scars around the umbilicus.
19th / early 20th century

Illobu 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. 22, in this catalogue, which is by the same hand

cf. Ibeji. Mareidi & Gert Stoll, 1980. for the same artist, illus. 124
Other similar pieces in Chemeche and African Artistry, Arnette Coll. as with no. 12, in this catalogue.

Height 28.50 cm (11.22 inches)
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