Pair of Ere Ibedji Twins - YORUBA - Nigeria
Provenance: private collection, France.
Dimensions: 23 x 6 cm.
Materials: wood, beads.
Certificate of authenticity: included.
These are Ibedji twins of the traditional African art in the Yoruba country. The consideration given to twins within the Yoruba culture has clearly evolved over the centuries. If nowadays figurines are carved by pair in their honour, it has not always been the case. Centuries ago, the birth of twins was considered as bad omen and as arrival of bad curse. As a result, they were at best banned with their mother, and in the worst cases, sentenced to death.
Beliefs have drastically changed, and finally the birth of twins is now considered as a blessing.
From that moment, in the religious tradition, twins were considered to share a unique and inseparable soul.
In fact, when one of them dies, the life of the other one would be in danger, the balance of his soul would be strongly compromised. Their family and village could also suffer from the anger of the deceased person, which would cause illness, misfortune and sterility to everyone. If Ibeji figurines are strongly sought after by collectors of traditional African art, it is because these come by pair, like the Ewe Venavi figurines, but also for their significant artistic variety, depending on the region these come from.
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Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, masterpiece, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti.
- Paar Ere Ibedji-tweelingen
- Regio / land
- 1e helft 20e eeuw
- Vintage - gebruikt met zichtbare tekenen van slijtage
- Verkocht met standaard
- 23×6×0 cm