Pair of Ibeji Igbomina Omu Aran twins - Yoruba - Nigeria


Twins in traditional Yoruba African art through these Ibedji / Ibeji statuettes

In the Yoruba language, ibeji means "twin", etymologically derived from ibi for "born" and eji for "two". According to religious tradition, twins are endowed with a unique, inseparable soul.

Therefore, if one of them died, the life of the other would be endangered, the balance of his soul being strongly compromised. Their family and village could also be put to the test of the anger of the deceased who could potentially bring sickness, misfortune and infertility to all.

This pair of igbomina omu aran twins (northeast of Yoruba territory) has an atypical reddish patina. They are heterozygous and both have high ogival headdresses. We find on them small necklaces around the waist and neck testifying to the care lavished by their mother. The patina is clear. Our specialized gallery offers you this pair of Ibedji at a price lower than the estimate of the independent experts of the Catawiki auction room.

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
33 x 8 cm
Ethnic group
Wood, beads
Tribal Art Collection United Kingdom

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