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AFRICAN YORUBA IBEJI FEMALE FIGURE
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AFRICAN YORUBA IBEJI FEMALE FIGURE #9092

A late 19th century African, Nigerian, wooden Yoruba Ibeji female twin deity, naively carved and with a coconut shell bead waistband, the wooden carving 10½ inches high, The carving style emphasises the conical head, an elaborate hairstyle, split to one side and part of the base missing.  #9092to

The Yoruba, with a high rate of multiple births, feel that twins are very special and powerful. If a twin dies, a figure dedicated to Ibeji, the deity of twins, is carved to be the earthly abode of the spirit of that twin. The figure is nurtured by the mother and/or the surviving twin . Different hair styles, scarification, figure shape and style of carving indicate the origin of a figure. 

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£120.00

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