Yoruba Ibeji Female Miniature Figure 9 Inch Nigeria
Ibeji figures, carved by the Yoruba people of Nigeria, are wooden twin sculptures holding cultural significance in Yoruba beliefs. Twins are viewed as possessing supernatural powers, and if one twin passes away, the other may face misfortunes. In response, the Yoruba have established a tradition of caring for twins, creating Ibeji figures to represent the deceased twin, believed to house their soul. Treated as living beings, these figures are fed, clothed, and celebrated on special occasions, embodying both child and adult attributes. The Ere Ibeji are associated with the Yoruba Thunder God Shango. Carved in a stylized manner with intricate details, Ibeji figures are considered powerful entities believed to bring good fortune and protection to the family. Today, these figures are highly valued by collectors for their cultural significance and artistic beauty within the realm of African art.
Approximate Age: 20th Century