Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ere ibeji (twin figure)
  • unknown Oyo maker
  • ere ibeji (twin figure), late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: North Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25.5 x 8 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/16 x 3 1/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2694
Label Text

The female figure is on a round base. It has a pointed hairstyle rubbed with blue pigment, possibly indigo. There is a nail in the left eye. The cheeks are scarred with four horizontal lines and three vertical lines. It has pointed breasts and a rounded abdomen. The body has been rubbed with red pigment, possibly camwood powder. There is no jewelry.