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Statuette Ere Ibedji Yoruba (N° 16344)

Sculpted according to the indications of the Ifa transmitted to the soothsayer, the babalawo, the Ibedji statuettes played the role of substitute for the death of the child. The statuettes are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of it; it anoints them with oil and feeds them regularly. If it disappears it is the remaining twin who takes over. Considered much more than a physical representation of a loved one. The ibedji statues influence the life of the family, which is why the family continues to pray to them and to worship them and to give them cults and libations. This feminine statuette is draped in a woven cotton garment on which are regularly embroidered cauris symbolizing wealth and fertility. These ibedji statues are among the most well-known art objects of the Yoruba ethnic group. Indeed, the occurrence of groaning in this ethnic group is stronger than anywhere else in Black Africa. This particularity naturally influenced and integrated their statuary. Featuring braided crest hairstyles, this Egba-style statuette, nude on a circular base, features deep ethnic jugal scarifications, pearl necklaces around the neck and hips. Crystallized libation residues are visible on the satin surface. Indigo pigments on the headdresses.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyYoruba
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood, cauris, textile
Height28
Width13
Weight0.53 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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