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Standing female figure (ibeji) on flat base. Female stands upright, arms curved to connect with thighs. Long fingers carved into hands. Thin rounded stomach under pointed breasts. Stylized face is round with wide lips, flat nose, and 3 thin lines on each cheek. Eyes are open with round pupils and dark irises. Ears stick out from head. Thin headdress carved with ripple pattern curves around back and narrows before flaring out at neck. Top band connects to vertical bands carved with same pattern. Traces of blue paint on eyes and headdress. Feet have faint imprint of long toes.

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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