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: Central Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 x 9 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 3 1/2 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2707
Label Text

The male figure is on a round base. The blade-like hairstyle has black pigment rubbed over the top. There is a nail in each eye. The cheeks are scarred with three vertical lines. The region above the penis is scarred with four vertical lines and three diagonal lines on either side. It has prominent buttocks. There is no jewelry.