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: 28.5 x 9 x 9.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2711
Label Text

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