Yoruba Twin Female Figures, Nigeria
Lot 161
Yoruba Twin Female Figures by the 'Master of the Enigmatic Smile', Nigeria
Sold for US$ 7,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Yoruba Twin Female Figures by the 'Master of the Enigmatic Smile', Nigeria
ere ibejis
height of larger 12 1/2in (31.8cm)
Wood, leather, fiber, glass beads, pigment

Provenance:
Sotheby's, New York, November 9, 1993, lot 95
Private Collection, Michigan

Yoruba women have a very high rate of multiple births and twins are considered ritually powerful. When a twin dies an artist carves an image dedicated to ibeji, the deity of twins, to serve as an earthly abode for the deceased spirit. When both twins die, a pair of ibeji images is carved.
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  1. Fredric Backlar
    Specialist - African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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