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A5. Yoruba female Ibeji figure

 
 
 
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Not what I normally deal with.



In this section are pieces from my late parents' collections which I'm thinning out as I have run out of  space for everything! 

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Yoruba female Ibeji figure



The Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa have one of the
highest birth rate of twins in the world, with 45 of every 1,000 children born
a twin, but also have a high mortality rate. In Yoruba culture, twins are
considered to possess special powers: they are believed to be one soul, and
must be cared for accordingly. If a twin dies in infancy, the family have a
wooden figure carved to represent the dead twin.



These carvings are called ere ibeji. The family look after this
figure as if it were alive: feeding, bathing, clothing, carrying it like a
baby, and performing rituals on significant occasions, to ensure the balance of
the shared soul. These figures show evidence of the years of attention and care
they have been given, their facial features worn smooth with the handling they
have received.



15 inches



From my late parents' collection.



Acquired a round 1970





Price: 125 GBP

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