logo
Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Log In
lots of lots

Early 20th C. Fine Pair Yoruba Wood Carved Ibeji Twins

Sold on LiveAuctioneers

Discover Similar Items

See All

Artemis Gallery

12 hrs Left
$275

Southeast Asia, Indonesia, ca. mid-20th century CE. A beautiful example of a kris (keris), a personal ceremonial sword. The hand-carved wooden handle features a pair of abstract anthropomorphic masket

$100

China,Late 19th- Early 20th CenturyRound marble inlaid top over ornately carved tendril apron supported by shapely legs and stretcher.Marble, wood,Smallest 18 3/4 x 14" dia..Largest 19 1/4" x 14" dia.

$300

An antique pair of Chinese benches offer deep cushions seated on hardwood base having deeply carved foliate skirt raised on claw and ball feet, 20th century. Measures: 16.25" height x 21.25" d

$150

France,Late19th- Early 20th CenturyOrnately carved chairs with cream colored silk back and seat with scrolled arms over pierced openwork apron supported by shapely legs terminating in ball and claw fe

$100

France,Early 20th CenturyFinely carved open back chairs with column and swag design over canvas seats, decorated with woodwind instruments the other with bow and arrow over birds, supported by fluted

Artemis Gallery

12 hrs Left
$1,000

South Pacific, Hawaiian Islands, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden model of an outrigger canoe with a narrow canoe body, a wooden lattice framework, a rectangular fishing pl

Artemis Gallery

6 days Left
$250

Southeast Asia, Burma (Myanmar), Mandalay, ca. 19th to early 20th century CE. A devotional hand-carved wooden sculpture of a Buddhist monk kneeling on an integral base. The monk is serene and humble,

$100

Europe,Late 19th- Early 20th CenturyEach sconce painted black and gold with wheat sheath tops over single column with three arms decorated with acanthus leaves.Wood, metal,Approx. 24 1/8" t x 16 3/8"

Artemis Gallery

12 hrs Left
$600

North America, Native American, South Central US, ca. 1st half of 20th century CE. Pair of wooden bows probably from Texas, New Mexico or Oklahoma which would point to Arapahoe or Cherokee as the prob

Artemis Gallery

12 hrs Left
$3501 bid

Southern Africa, Zulu people, ca. early 20th century CE. A fine and lightweight spear comprised of a wooden shaft joined to a iron tip. A strip of wood reinforces the tang of the spearhead where it fi

Artemis Gallery

12 hrs Left
$275

Central America, Guatemala, ca. early 20th century. A wonderful trio of hand-carved and hand-painted wooden dance masks, perhaps representing characters from the Dance of the Conquest. Each visage pre

item-58501269=1
item-58501269=2
item-58501269=3
item-58501269=4
item-58501269=5
item-58501269=6
Early 20th C. Fine Pair Yoruba Wood Carved Ibeji Twins

Lot 0117F Details

Description
West Africa, Yoruba culture, Ibeji, ca. early 20th century. A pair of hand-carved wooden figures, most likely from Osogbo or the Igbomina region of Yorubaland (spanning Nigeria, Togo, and Benin), depicting a male and female twin. The figures have similar faces, with large, bulging eyes and prominent noses and mouths; both have tall, conical coiffures with incised decoration colored with deep blue pigment. The figures are decorated with beaded jewelry and have large bronze anklets. Size of largest (they are very similar in size): 3.15" W x 11.25" H (8 cm x 28.6 cm)

The Yoruba have one of the highest number of twin births in the world, four times higher than in Europe, for example. Ibeji are known to the Yoruba as two people who share one soul. If one of the human twins dies, whether as a child or an adult, the surviving human twin is considered to have little hope of living with only half a soul. When 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. Wooden figures like these are created to keep the souls of the twins together.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex private East Coast, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#129677
Condition
Small cracks on surface, with tiny losses around edges of cracks. Patina from age and handling on wood, metal, and bead surfaces. Light encrustation in lower profile areas.
Buyer's Premium
  • 24.5%

Early 20th C. Fine Pair Yoruba Wood Carved Ibeji Twins

Estimate $1,800 - $2,700
Dec 20, 2017
Starting Price $900
Get pre-approved to bid live.
Shipping, Payment & Auction Policies
See Policy for Shipping
Ships fromLouisville, CO, United States
Artemis Gallery

Artemis Gallery

Louisville, CO, USA
5,547 Followers
logo
www.liveauctioneers.com
item

0117F: Early 20th C. Fine Pair Yoruba Wood Carved Ibeji Twins

Lot Passed
0 Bids
Est. $1,800 - $2,700Starting Price $900
Fine Antiquities, Asian, Ethnographic Art
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 10:00 AM EST
Buyer's Premium 24.5%

Lot 0117F Details

Description
...
West Africa, Yoruba culture, Ibeji, ca. early 20th century. A pair of hand-carved wooden figures, most likely from Osogbo or the Igbomina region of Yorubaland (spanning Nigeria, Togo, and Benin), depicting a male and female twin. The figures have similar faces, with large, bulging eyes and prominent noses and mouths; both have tall, conical coiffures with incised decoration colored with deep blue pigment. The figures are decorated with beaded jewelry and have large bronze anklets. Size of largest (they are very similar in size): 3.15" W x 11.25" H (8 cm x 28.6 cm)

The Yoruba have one of the highest number of twin births in the world, four times higher than in Europe, for example. Ibeji are known to the Yoruba as two people who share one soul. If one of the human twins dies, whether as a child or an adult, the surviving human twin is considered to have little hope of living with only half a soul. When 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. Wooden figures like these are created to keep the souls of the twins together.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex private East Coast, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#129677
Condition
...
Small cracks on surface, with tiny losses around edges of cracks. Patina from age and handling on wood, metal, and bead surfaces. Light encrustation in lower profile areas.

Contacts

Artemis Gallery
720.890.7700
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
USA
LiveAuctioneers Support
info@liveauctioneers.com
iphoneandroidPhone
BACK TO TOP