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Standing wood figure (ibeji) with large head wearing a cross hatched cap and loincloth. All facial features and breasts are enlarged. Pierced ears. Three vertical scars on the chin and three pairs of vertical scarification marks on cheeks with four horizontal ones below. Arms are extended with hands touching thighs. Black glass bead bracelet surrounds figure's right arm. Back bone is indicated by deep incised line on the back. Figure has short legs and large feet. On a base.

History Of Use

The birth of twins is considered unusual and a diviner often suggests that a pair of figures be carved to represent each child. When one twin dies his figure is ritually washed, fed, and occasionally rubbed with red earth, and the hair with indigo. The figure is treated as if it were still alive, as the souls of twins are thought to be indivisible. When both twins are dead, the figures are put in the family's ancestral shrine.

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