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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Three West African Nigerian Yoruba Peoples Carved Wooden Ibeji Female Figures"
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Traces of blue and red polychrome in their coiffure, wearing beaded waist, ankle and neck bands
Probably Egba/Egbado area
Size: 15.5cm high – 6 ins high
cf Finch and Co catalogue no. 9, item no. 20, for an example of a male Ibeji figure
Ibeji are among the best known of Yoruba carvings. The high incidence of twins combined with a high infant mortality rate helped to develop this unique cult. The Ibeji figure is carved for the dead twin and clothed and fed alongside its live sibling. Thus, a resting place for the spirit of the dead twin is provided within the Ibeji whose spiritual vengeance would otherwise forever threaten the lives of the family.