|Published - Ibeji: Zwillingsfiguren der Yoruba - Mareidi und Gert Stoll - Page 301|
A female Ibeji figure from the Yoruba in Nigeria.
Scarification on cheeks. There is a string of black coconut discs around the waist as well metal rings around both wrists. Remains of indigo blue colouring on the hair. Camwood remains on the body.
Lit.: Ibeji: Zwillingsfiguren der Yoruba - Mareidi und Gert Stoll - Seite 301
An Ibeji is used as a container for the soul of a dead twin. The Yoruba believe that the souls of twins are connected to each other and the a dead twin must be looked after exactly like a living child in that it is fed, bathed and spoken to.