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Statuette Ere Ibedji Yoruba (N° 16973)

Sculpted according to the Ifa indications transmitted to the soothsayer, the babalawo, the Ibedji statuettes acted as a substitute for the death of the child. The statuettes are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of it; they anoint them with oil and feed them regularly. If it disappears it is the remaining twin who takes over. Considered to be much more than a physical representation of a loved one. The ibedji statues influence the life of the family, which is why the family continues to pray to them and to worship and libations. This feminine statuette is draped in a woven cotton garment on which are regularly embroidered currants symbolizing wealth and fertility. These ibedji statues are among the most well-known art objects of the Yoruba ethnic group. Indeed, the occurrence of groaning in this ethnic group is stronger than anywhere else in Black Africa. This particularity has therefore naturally influenced and integrated their statuary. Featuring a braided crested hairstyle, this statuette features deep jugal scarifications, and is dressed in a fleece gown that sews currants, symbolizing wealth and fertility. Satin-stranded dark-stranded patina.  

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Material(s)wood, textile, cauris
Height cm26
Width13 cm
Weight0.55 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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