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Yoruba Statuette (N° 25309)

Adorned with its protective accessories, the "abiku", metal bracelets and torque, this type of "ere" (statue) doll statuette, incarnation of a twin, was sculpted on the advice of the "babalawo".
Nuanced orange-brown patina, indigo highlights, erosions.

In the language of the Yoruba people, ibeji means twin: ibi for born and eji for two. They embody the figure of a deceased twin. Thisibedji is then treated as the missing child would have been. It also happened that a man had ibeji carved for his wife in order to induce pregnancy. Support for the soul of the twin, the ibeji influences the life of the family, becoming a source of benefits for his parents, the latter continuing to send him prayers and to devote worship and libations to him. Among the Yoruba, the occurrence of twinship is stronger than anywhere else in Black Africa, which has influenced and integrated their statuary.
A detailed comparative study of the different regional styles has been made by Fausto Polo and Jean David in the book Catalogue of the Ibeji.  


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OriginEx-collection luxembourgeoise
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm30
Width8 cm
Weight0.60 Kg

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