Ere Ibeji twin figures
Omu Aran style
Carved wood, pigments and beads
Early 20th century
Height: 11 & 11 ½ in. (28 & 29cm)
Ex collection Adamou Mama, Lome, Togo
Ex collection Peter Loebarth, Hameln, Germany,
acquired from the above in the 1970s
Ex collection Dos Winkel, Delft, Netherlands
Ex collection Leon Meizlik, Westchester, New York
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.