Yoruba Ibeji Twin Set

2489

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Yoruba
ITEM #:
2489
ETHNICITY:
Yoruba
ORIGIN:
Nigeria
YORUBA IBEJI TWIN SET:
Ibeji are carved to represent a deceased child and must be cared for by the mother to appease the soul of that child.

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African Art

ITEM #:
2489
ETHNICITY:
Yoruba
ORIGIN:
Nigeria
MEDIUM:
Wood, Pigment, Reed.
DIMENSIONS:
12″ Tall  (30.48 cm)
CONDITION:
Good.


African Art

CATALOGUE NOTE:
The Yoruba are known for their extraordinarily high rate of multiple births and one of the highest in the world as regards twin birth. At one point in the past twins known as Ibeji, were thought by the Yoruba to be evil and were quickly killed as they were considered to be monsters and abnormal. However, a cult of twins developed in which the twins were now seen to be minor deities who blessed their families with good fortune. The death of either of the twins or both is thought to be calamitous for the family that must be remedied by appeasing the soul of the deceased child through the carving of a figure put in the care of the mother who will treat the small wooden figure as though it were the deceased twin and alive.

Ere ibeji are carved as small children with adult attributes as to sex, breasts and hairstyles and as a result they are fixed in time as adults.


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