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Ewe figure (N° 22559)
Ex-Belgian African art collection.
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An evocation of the missing twin, thisfemale statuette has a light patina on which faint colored residues remain. Cracked base.
The Ewe, often confused with the Minas, are the largest ethnic group in Togo. They are also found as minorities in Ghana, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria. Although we have little historical information about them, it seems that their establishment in their current location results from invasions and conflicts that broke out during the 17th century.
The Ewe regard the birth of twins called Venavi (or Venovi) as a happy omen. The latter must be treated identically and fairly. For example, both will be fed and washed at the same time and will wear the same clothes until puberty.
If one of the two twins dies, the parents obtain a statuette intended to replace the deceased child and contact a witch doctor to activate its magical virtues.
Source: "Isn't she a doll?" E.L Cameron
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|Origin||Récolté in-situ 1996|
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