YORUBA IBEJI TWIN PAIRS, NIGERIA

These pairs of  Yoruba Ibeji twin figures have been vetted as authentic, with some age and evidence of use.

 Yoruba
Ibeji Pair1
8.75" / 8.25" high
$1000/pair

 Yoruba
Ibeji Twins 6
8.25" high
$400/pair

 Yoruba
Ibeji Pair 9
9" / 9.25" high
$800/pair

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

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. Often dressed and fed, some still have their special robes.

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