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Female Figure [Ere Ibeji]

Cultural Group: Nigeria, Yoruba people

Date: mid 20th century
Medium: wood, pigment and iron
10 3/4 x 3 x 2 5/8"
Classification: Visual Works
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bell
Object number: 75.015.013
DescriptionA figure is carved whenever a twin dies. The figure is tenderly cared for, washed, annointed with camwood powder, rubbed with indigo, and dressed in beads: thus the spirit of the dead twin is placated. A mother gains honor from the number of twins she has borne, even though most or all may die.
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