Figure Item Number: K2.231 from the MOA: University of British Columbia

Description

Standing wood female figure (ibeji). Head is capped with a conical four-sided rounded headdress. Three scarification marks are horizontally incised along the cheeks. Extended arms have hands touching thighs. Has breasts. Has short legs in relation to body and the feet are very large. Stands on circular pedestal. Beads around neck and hips. Covered with camwood paste.

Cultural Context

Carved after death of one or both twins, who have great spiritual power, and treated by the parents as though they were alive. Ibeji figure.