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Yoruba twin girls Ere ibeji (N° 21476)

Abundant necklaces of colorful beads here constitute the protective accessories "abiku" of these doll-statuettes "ere" (statues), embodying twins. They have a braided crest hairstyle dyed with indigo.
Smooth 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. Sometimes a man would also have ibeji carved for his wife in the hope of a pregnancy. As a carrier of the twin's soul, the ibeji influences the life of the family, becoming a source of blessings to its parents, who continue to offer prayers and worship and libations to it  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyYoruba
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood, perles de verre
Height cm27
Width8 cm
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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