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Ere Ibeji Yoruba fetish couple (N° 18730)
Ex-collection Italian African art.
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In the language of the Yoruba people, ibeji means twin: ibi for born and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin.
This ibedji is then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of him; she can wash and feed him regularly. If she dies, the remaining twin takes over. It also happened that a man would have ibeji carved for his wife to induce pregnancy.
Supporting the soul of the twin, the ibeji influenced the life of the family, becoming a source of benefits for his parents, who continued to pray to him and to dedicate cults and libations to him.
This is a variant of the Ibeji Era with a cubic body into which a magical charge was introduced. Necklaces of cowries, symbols of fertility and wealth, form a chain linking the statuettes. The occurrence of twinkling among the Yoruba people being stronger than anywhere else in Black Africa, this naturally influenced and integrated their statuary.
A detailed comparative study of the different regional styles was carried out by Fausto Polo and Jean David in the book Catalogue of the Ibeji.
Crusty patina. Matt residues of vegetal anointing.
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