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Couple of statuettes ere ibedji Yoruba (N° 19443)
Equipped with numerous "abiku" ornaments and protective accessories, these "ere" (statues) dolls, the incarnation of twins, have a braided crest hairstyle, tinted with indigo.
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Lustrous mahogany patina.
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 in the hope of 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.
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