Ere Ibeji - Commemorative Figure

Yoruba Culture, Nigeria

Mid. 20th Century

Wood, Aluminum

10" High x 4" Wide (25 x 10 cm)


Ibeji’s vary wildy depending on the artist and regional style.  The tilt of the head in this example is unusual and animates this much handled and loved figure.  Nigeria has the highest rate of twin births in the world.  An Ibeji is a memorial figure for a deceased twin which is commissioned and ritually cared for by the mother.