Fine Yoruba Ibeji Figure
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Fine Yoruba Ibeji Figure

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ITEM #:
4504
ETHNICITY:
Yoruba People
ORIGIN:
Nigeria
MEDIUM:
Wood, Beads.
DIMENSIONS:
10.25" Tall (26 cm)
CIRCA:
19th - 20th Century
CONDITION:
Very Good

PROVENANCE:
24 Collection - Miami, USA.

CATALOGUE NOTE:
This male Ere Ibeji figure, which has been carved from a single piece of light wood, has a superb patina from age and ritual use. The figure is taller than many ibeji figures and stands with the hands on the hips. Much of the detail of the face are vivid but still show wear from ritual caressing and stroking. The eyes however can be seen to have been wide-open and elliptical.

Scarifications can be seen on the cheeks, but that about the abdomen is still prominent. Multiple adornments with bead around the neck, waist and ankle suggest a high social status.

The hair is cylindrical and rises vertically and fez-like from the head. It is worn but retains remnant of Rickett's Blue.

The Ere Ibeji figure here is in fine condition with rounded contours from handling and use. It retains remnants of tukula powder in its crevices, which was applied to protect the image from insect damage and also out of a belief that it had healing or magical properties.