Ere Ibeji Twin Figures
Nigeria / Benin
Carved wood, beads
Early 20th century
Height: 10 ¼ in and 10 ½ in.
(26 cm et 27 cm)
Ex collection Alain de Monbrison, Paris
Ex collection Alberto Costa, Barcelone
Ex private collection, Spain
Barcelona, Centre Cultural de la Fundacion “la Caixa”, Africa : Magia y poder. 2500 anos de arte en Nigeria, September 23th – December 13th, 1998
Africa : Magia y poder. 2500 anos de arte en Nigeria, Picton & Coquet, 1998, n° 171
They were considered to be living beings, a reincarnation of ancestor-twins. Representations always showed them at the peak of their strength and power in adulthood.