18th to 21st century antiques modern chinese silver porcelain
A Yorba Ibeji Pair, Wood, Nigeria, Early 20th Cent.

browse these categories for related items...
Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930: Item # 608177

Click to view additional online photographs
detail 1 detail 2 detail 3 detail 4

Mitchell Sotka, Ltd.
19071 Old Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116
(440) 333-1735

Guest Book

$950.00 for the pair #49

A Yorba Ibeji Pair, Wood, Nigeria, Early 20th Cent.
A Yorba Ibeji Pair, Wood, Nigeria, Africa, Early 20th Century #49

The Yorba peoples of modern day Nigeria and Benin revere the occurrence of twin births. The Yorba boast the highest statistic of twin births in the world. They believe that twins hold a power that can be good and equally bad but, above all it must be revered and honored. The mother of twins commissions the local diviner for a pair of Ibeji or Ere-Ibeji, twin carved statues. The Ibeji act as visual representations of the twin’s power or the actual sprit a twin if one is deceased. Both twins are honored because; they are the same soul of a long lineage of ancestors. One twin is mortal; the other is the spiritual self. Due to high infant mortality rates, one or both twins often pass away. If one twin survives, the mother honors the wooden Ibeji figure representative of the deceased as a live person. This maintains an order in their culture. Ibeji are often carved of a light colored wood. Over time they are oiled with palm oil, a part of the ritual worship. This treatment gives the wood a deep brown semi-gloss appearance. Per Yorba aesthetic, the human form is not to scale. This pair’s head consumes one-third of their composition. The pair is identical aside from genitalia. Interestingly, both male and female display breasts. This convention is common, the Yorba view fertility as both a female and male attribute. Male kings are often shown with breasts, suggesting provision. This male/ female pair of Ibeji display an elongated body and features thus, allowing a graceful nature. The pair’s hairdos are short in patterned rows. Their eyes are cowrie shell shaped. Their faces show scarification patterns. The figure’s arms extend the entire length of their body. Their bellies are distended. Both figures sit upon a pedestal, denoting their status.

Size: 10 ˝ “ in length and, 2 ˝” in width

Condition: Good, ware is due to original worship practices

Price: $950.00 for the pair #49

Page design by TROCADERO © 1998-2013 View Cart
Categories Shops Join Terms Critique Map Help