Statuette "Ibeji" of the Yoruba - Nigeria


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Category : Archaeology  > Africa
Item 81855
Statuette "Ibeji" of the Yoruba - Nigeria 
Period : The Fifties
Origins: the Yoruba are allocated in the south-west of Nigeria and Dahomey. This ethnic group, which has a population of nearly ten million people, was divided into several traditional kingdoms, the power was in the hands of a king, delegated by the gods, who was chosen among three or four royal families through divination. Nowadays the Yoruba are divided into more or less secret societies that are characterized for each particular ceremonies and for the exercise of power: the company "Egbe", masculine, reinforces social norms and the company "Aro" brings together the settlers who provide mutual aid, and the company "Esusu" includes wealthy notables, and finally the company "Gelede" who practice the cult of fertility-fertility that provides its members the prosperity and health through ritual dances performed according to the will of the ancestors . Description: the statuette "Ibeji" anthropomorphic statues are held in high esteem by the Yoruba. At this ethnic group the very high frequency of twin births gave rise to the belief that the twins were the sons of the god of thunder, and then at the same time feared and considered as bearers of good fortune. If one of the twins died (due to the high rate of infant mortality), one of these statues was prepared and given to the mother of the deceased: the Ibeji took the place of the dead twin and was cared for, fed and washed as if it were living child. Provenance: Yoruba ethnic group (Nigeria) Period: mid-twentieth century Materials: wood and natural pigments Dimensions: Height 28cm - Width 9 cm - Depth 8 cm Condition: very good (some crack in the wood) 
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