Yoruba statuette, Ibeji era, Nigeria Testifying... - Lot 18 - Arthema Auction

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Yoruba statuette, Ibeji era, Nigeria Testifying... - Lot 18 - Arthema Auction
Yoruba statuette, Ibeji era, Nigeria Testifying to the great diversity of twin sculptures made according to the Ifa's indications transmitted to the diviner, the babalawo, this polychrome statuette acted as a substitute for the death of the child. Slight surface chips and old restoration 19 x 8 cm This ibedji is treated in the same way as the missing child. It's the mother who has to take care of it; she can wash and feed it regularly. If she dies, the remaining twin takes over. Considered as much more than a physical representation of a loved one, the ibedji influences the life of the family, which is why they continue to offer it prayers, worship and libations. These pieces are among the best-known art objects of the Yoruba ethnic group. In fact, this ethnic group has a higher incidence of twins than any other in Black Africa. This particularity has naturally influenced and integrated their statuary.
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