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Pair of Ibeji Twin Idols Ex~ Harry A Franklin,Sotheby's

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Pair of Ibeji Twin Idols Ex~ Harry A Franklin,Sotheby's

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This is a rare pair of old and field used Ibeji Twin Idols. The Yoruba peoples have one of the highest incidents of twin births in the world. As a result, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by Sango, the deity of thunder. They are believed to be capable of bestowing immense wealth upon their families or misfortune to those who do not honor them. Powerful spirits in life, twins are honored with carved memorial figures when they die. These figures, known as ere ibeji , and remain a medium to the spirit of the departed individual. The mother provides ritual care to the figures, bathing, dressing, adorning, and feeding them. Such daily handling is responsible for giving their surface its distinctive patinaCarved wood, incised tribal scars, indigo accented coiffure, areas of decay from exposure while on family shrine. Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, Africa.The tallest sculpture measures 11.25 inches tall.Provenance : Ex~ Harry A Franklin Collection, Beverly Hills, Ca, USA.Ex~ Sotheby's Auction 1990
Condition
Good, well worn
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Pair of Ibeji Twin Idols Ex~ Harry A Franklin,Sotheby's

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500
Jun 15, 2019
Starting Price $300
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0001: Pair of Ibeji Twin Idols Ex~ Harry A Franklin,Sotheby's

Sold for $700
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Est. $1,500 - $2,500Starting Price $300
Collector Quality African & Ethnographic Arts
Sat, Jun 15, 2019 3:00 PM EDT
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Lot 0001 Details

Description
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This is a rare pair of old and field used Ibeji Twin Idols. The Yoruba peoples have one of the highest incidents of twin births in the world. As a result, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by Sango, the deity of thunder. They are believed to be capable of bestowing immense wealth upon their families or misfortune to those who do not honor them. Powerful spirits in life, twins are honored with carved memorial figures when they die. These figures, known as ere ibeji , and remain a medium to the spirit of the departed individual. The mother provides ritual care to the figures, bathing, dressing, adorning, and feeding them. Such daily handling is responsible for giving their surface its distinctive patinaCarved wood, incised tribal scars, indigo accented coiffure, areas of decay from exposure while on family shrine. Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, Africa.The tallest sculpture measures 11.25 inches tall.Provenance : Ex~ Harry A Franklin Collection, Beverly Hills, Ca, USA.Ex~ Sotheby's Auction 1990
Condition
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Good, well worn

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