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Standing female figure (ibeji) on square base. Female figure stands upright, arms curved to connect with thighs. No opening between arms and body. Flat stomach below pointed breasts. Intricately carved face with open mouth, angular nose, and 3 ovals carved on each cheek, each with a line down the middle. Small squares across the middle of each eye. Ears are flattened against head. Tall headdress consists of 4 sections split by vertical bands. Each section is decorated with 2 bands of horizontal lines, 3 on the bottom and 2 on the top.

History Of Use

Ère Ìbejì is a wooden figure that was carved in honour of a twin who died. Yorubas believe that twins share a soul, so the family was to treat the figure as they would if the twin was still physically present. As a result, the twin was fed, washed and cared for.

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