Yoruba Ibeji Twin Figures
Yoruba Tribe, Nigeria
Wood, beads, Reckitt's bluing

Height: M: 11.5" F: 12"
Inventory # 10386

For the Yoruba, the birth of twins signals a family’s ability to attain a better life through the aid of the twins, who are considered close to the gods. As is often the case in Africa and in life, good fortune can turn to disaster if it is not handled properly. The Yoruba believe that special ceremonies must be performed, praise songs sung, and special foods be served to twins so that they can maintain their favor with the Gods and hence that of their family. Ibejis are caressed, offered food, anointed with oils and wrapped in a cloth to keep warm, like a living child. 

Price on request.