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Rare pair of Old Yoruba Ibeji Twin Idols, African Art

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A rare pair of old and authentic Ibeji twin idols from the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, West Africa. Traditional male and female pair with evidence of ritual use and obvious age and handling. The pair measure 10.25 inches tall.In Yoruba culture and spirituality, twins are believed to be magical, and are granted protection by the Orisha Shango. If one twin should die, it represents bad fortune for the parents and the society to which they belong. The parents therefore commission a babalawo to carve a wooden Ibeji to represent the deceased twin, and the parents take care of the figure as if it were a real person. Other than the sex, the appearance of the Ibeji is determined by the sculptor. The parents then dress and decorate the ibeji to represent their own status, using clothing made from cowrie shells, as well as beads, coins and paint.The first born of the twins is known as Taiwo while the second one is called Kehinde. In Yoruba culture the second twin is considered the elder twin; the reason for this is that Taiwo is sent by Kehinde to judge if the world is fit and beautiful before he/she descends, in accordance with Yoruba belief.
Condition
Obvious age, erosion and wear, but what remains is in stable / fair condition.
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Rare pair of Old Yoruba Ibeji Twin Idols, African Art

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800
Aug 05, 2017
Starting Price $400
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Lot 0022 Details

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A rare pair of old and authentic Ibeji twin idols from the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, West Africa. Traditional male and female pair with evidence of ritual use and obvious age and handling. The pair measure 10.25 inches tall.In Yoruba culture and spirituality, twins are believed to be magical, and are granted protection by the Orisha Shango. If one twin should die, it represents bad fortune for the parents and the society to which they belong. The parents therefore commission a babalawo to carve a wooden Ibeji to represent the deceased twin, and the parents take care of the figure as if it were a real person. Other than the sex, the appearance of the Ibeji is determined by the sculptor. The parents then dress and decorate the ibeji to represent their own status, using clothing made from cowrie shells, as well as beads, coins and paint.The first born of the twins is known as Taiwo while the second one is called Kehinde. In Yoruba culture the second twin is considered the elder twin; the reason for this is that Taiwo is sent by Kehinde to judge if the world is fit and beautiful before he/she descends, in accordance with Yoruba belief.
Condition
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Obvious age, erosion and wear, but what remains is in stable / fair condition.

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