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ere ibeji (twin figure)
  • Oyo peoples
  • ere ibeji (twin figure), late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: North Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, beads, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22.5 x 7.5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 7/8 x 2 15/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2685
Label Text

The female figure is on a round base. She has an elongated head with a pointed hairstyle. The hairstyle has been rubbed with a blue pigment. Her cheeks are scarred with eight horizontal and three vertical lines at the top. She has small breasts. There is one beaded anklet on each leg. The left anklet has yellow beads with blue green and red lines and red beads with blue and white stripes. The right anklet is mostly blue beads with red and white stripes, with some yellow beads with multi-colored dots, and solid blue or green beads.