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Description

Standing wood figure, (ibeji) with headdress, on circular base. Nude female stands upright with arms connected to waist. Flat stomach below pointed breasts. Has pronounced belly button, buttocks and genitalia. Above genitalia triangles are carved. Figure wearing necklace with triangle pendant. Triangle has diamond pattern and is carved in high relief, hanging below neck on back. Eyes have thick lashes and a nail in their centre. Three vertical lines carved underneath each eye. Four horizontal lines carved next to open mouth. Ears flat against head. Tall cone-shaped headdress circled with horizontal lines and split into four sections with vertical bands. Bands at the front and back have triangles carved into them, bands on left and right are plain lines. Circular pedestal has an alternating triangle pattern carved along sides.

Cultural Context

Ibeji carvings are made when twins are born. The figures are valued and nurtured, especially if one of the twins dies.

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