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Ibedji Yoruba (N° 25615)

The protective "abiku" adornments of these doll statuettes "ere" (statues) embodying twins are presented here in the form of copper torcs and pearl necklaces. The faces offer the scarified motifs in use. Desiccation cracks, erosions. Smooth mahogany patina.<

In the language of theYoruba people of Nigeria, 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 had ibeji carved for his wife in the hope of pregnancy. Support of the twin's soul, the ibeji influences the life of the family, becoming a source of benefits towards his parents, the latter continuing to address him prayers and to devote worship and libations to him.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyYoruba
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood, perles, metal
Height cm33
Width12 cm
Weight1.24 Kg

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