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Description

Standing wood figure (ibeji). Head is capped with a bright blue pigment on the conical headdress. Cap is decorated with diagonal ridges. Seven tribal scarification marks on the cheeks, four of which are horizontal while the other three are vertically above the horizontal. Extended arms have hands touching thighs. Has very short legs in relation to body and the feet are large. Stands on circular pedestal. Beads around neck and hips. Covered with red camwood paste.

Cultural Context

Carved after the death of a twin, and treated in the same way as the live twin, fed the same food, given the same gifts, because twins are thought to have a great deal of spiritual power. Ibeji figure.

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