A very fine female twin of an unusual style. Four hair plaits rise up to a central disk. Having a dark patina on the face, and a lighter one on her body. There is a crack down the centre of the figure. She has a lip plug and two rows of beads around her neck, one white, one red. Red beads with green white and red striped beads around the waist. Red and white and larger blue beads on the right wrist, cowries on left wrist.
Oyo / Oke Eho Atypical. Or Ilorin / Kwara
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. 130