Ere Ibeji twin figures
Iseyin style, Oyo area
Early 20th century
Carved wood, pigments and cowries
Height: 24.5 cm and 25 cm – 9 ½ in. & 9 ¾ in.
Ex collection Andrew J. Berz, San Francisco, USA
Ex private collection, Italy
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.