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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, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 x 8.5 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2704
Label Text

This is likely a male figure, on a round base. The pointed hairstyle has a small knob on top and has been rubbed with blue pigment. The cheeks are scarred with six nested "L" shapes from the hairline with three vertical lines above as well as three vertical lines on the forehead and chin. The stomach is scarred with three diagonal lines on either side of the navel. The penis has either worn away, or was not present. There are no breasts present. There is no jewelry.