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ere ibeji (twin figure)
  • Yoruba peoples
  • ere ibeji (twin figure), late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, beads, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 11 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 4 5/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2720
Label Text

The standing female figure has a tall hairstyle shaped into eight lobes which are carved with a braided appearance, and rubbed with bright blue pigment, possibly laundry bluing. There is a nail in each eye where the pupil would be. On each of the figure's cheeks are two columns of four horizontal lines indicating scarification. The figure's torso is carved with two protruding breasts with exaggerated nipples, a slightly rounded abdomen with a large navel, and two small lines indicating the figure's labia, and on the back are carved exaggerated buttocks. Around the figure's neck is a string of large, cylindrical blue beads and a string of small, light green beads alternating with small, round, gold-colored beads. Around the figure's waist is a string of black disc-shaped beads and a string of blue beads with red and white stripes. Around the figure's right arm is a string of red disc-shaped beads and a silver-colored metal ring with two smaller silver-colored metal rings attached to it. Around the figure's left arm is a string of red disc-shaped beads and a silver-colored metal ring with one smaller silver-colored metal ring attached to it.