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ere ibeji (twin figure)
  • unknown Oyo maker
  • ere ibeji (twin figure), early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, beads, camwood powder, indigo, metal
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22.5 x 8 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2682
Label Text

The male figure is on a round base. He has a blade-like hairstyle, with blue pigment (possibly indigo) rubbed over the top. He has nails in his eyes. The figure's body is rubbed with a red powder, possibly camwood. He wears two necklaces: one is red and one is black and red. His right arm has two beaded bracelets: one is red and white, the other is red/white stripes and black or blue beads. His torso is scarred with a zigzag across the chest and shoulders and alternating boxes of parallel lines on the abdomen.