Large Ere Ibeji twin figure
Ila Orangun style
Early 20th century
Height: 13¼ in. (33.5 cm)
Ex collection Merton Simpson (1928-2013), New York
Ex collection Allen Alperton (1920-2007), New York acquired from above in 1962
Ex Sotheby’s, New York, 18 mai 1992, lot 32
Ex collection James Willis, San Francisco
Ex private collection, Brussels
Exhibited and published:
“Masterpieces of African Sculpture”, Syracuse University School of Art, New York, 1964, catalog p. 123
“People Figures”, Museum of Contemporary Craft, New York, 1966-1967
effigies of ancestors were an integral part of everyday activities, punctuating the family life of the Yoruba.
Subject to very codified rituals, ere ibeji figures were pampered, with their care including feeding, washing and oiling.
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.