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–1993
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, beads, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23 x 8 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/16 x 3 1/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, E4
  • 2007.2721
Label Text

The standing female figure has a mohawk shaped hairstyle decorated with sets of lines in different directions to create texture. The figure has large eyes that are unevenly set on the face and each cheek is carved with a set of four horizontal lines indicating scarification. The figure's torso is carved with two elongated breasts, but the end of the right breast is broken and missing. Around the figure's neck is a string of alternating long, cylindrical red beads and white beads. Around the figure's waist is a string of long cylindrical beads in green, yellow, and red. Around the figure's left arm is a silver-colored metal ring.