Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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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, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28.5 x 8.5 x 9.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 1/4 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2702
Label Text

The female figure is on a round base. It has a tall hairstyle with a knob on top, which has been rubbed with blue pigment. The cheeks are scarred with three vertical and four horizontal lines. The back of the head is scarred with diagonal lines and the back of the neck is scarred with two rows of wedges. The abdomen is scarred with a series of small triangles and three chevrons above the mons pubis. There is no jewelry.