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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, indigo?, pigment, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 8 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 3 1/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2686
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. There is a nail in both eyes. The cheeks are scarred with four horizontal lines, three vertical lines, and five diagonal lines. There is no jewelry. There is a triangular medallion on the front and back, each with lines parallel to the borders.