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: South Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 8 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 3 1/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2709
Label Text

The female figure is on a round base. The divided hairstyle comes together in a semicircle, rubbed with a dark blue pigment. The pigment continues down the spine. The cheeks are scarred with three wide horizontal lines and three fine vertical lines. There are three small vertical lines on the forehead and chin. It has pointed breasts, a narrow waist, and wide hips. It is scarred with four rows of triangles above the mons pubis. There is no jewelry.