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AFRICAN YORUBA IBEJI FEMALE FIGURE
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AFRICAN YORUBA IBEJI FEMALE FIGURE #9095

An early 20th century African, Nigerian, wooden Yoruba female twin deity, her genitalia covered at the front, and 2 cowrie shells hanging from her arm,  the wooden carving 9 inches high, The carving style emphasises the conical head, an elaborate hairstyle, a roundness of the eyes and facial features. #9095to

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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£150.00

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