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ere ibeji (twin figure)
  • Ondo peoples
  • ere ibeji (twin figure), late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, beads, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 x 9.5 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2699
Label Text

The male figure is on a round base. It has a pointed hairstyle that has been rubbed with both black and blue pigments. The ears are set unusually far back. The chest is scarred with 5 stacked chevrons. He is wearing a pink and dark blue beaded belt. The body has been rubbed with a reddish pigment, possibly camwood powder.