Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ere ibeji (twin figure)
  • unknown Yoruba maker
  • ere ibeji (twin figure), late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, beads, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 7 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2719
Label Text

The standing female figure has a tall hairstyle made up of four lobes and a knob at the top, decorated with four sets of triangles and a herringbone pattern. The figure has large eyes and the ears are set very far back on the head and have holes for earrings. On each cheek are four horizontal scarification lines and on the forehead are three wedge-shaped, vertical scarification marks. The figure's torso has two elongated breasts, a navel, and three lines of wedge-shaped scarification marks on the lower abdomen. Around the figure's neck is a string of small black and red beads and a string of black, red, and white striped beads, a large blue cylindrical bead and a large red cylindrical bead.