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Description

Standing wood figure (ibeji) on flat round platform. Tapered oval head with flat chin, carved hair, and smooth rounded features, with carved lines on each cheek. Ears and buttocks are pointed. Phallus protrudes from the waist. Rounded stomach with carved triangle decorations. Arms are connected to the body forming an oval. Decorated with beaded red and white belt and beaded brown necklace.

History Of Use

In Yoruba culture and spirituality, twins are believed to be magical, and are granted protection by the Orisha Shango. If one twin should die, it represents bad fortune for the parents and the society to which they belong. The parents then commission the carving of a wooden Ibeji to represent the deceased twin, and take care of the figure as if it were a real child. Other than the sex, the appearance of the Ibeji is determined by the sculptor. The parents dress and decorate the ibeji to represent their own status, using clothing made from cowrie shells, as well as beads, coins and paint.

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