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Compare the Encyclopedia with the Catalogue of the Ibeji
The Catalogue of the Ibeji leaded to the identification of the place of provenance
of the Ibeji based upon some carving details of the statuette.
The Encyclopedia of the Ibeji leads to the identification of the place of provenance
finding, among the over 500 photos, a photo of the Ibeji similar to yours.
Fausto Polo believes that the valid Ibeji carvers were between three and four hundred.
The Ibeji carvers, like the great majority of the tribal carvers, have kept substantially
unchanged through time their own carving characteristics, making very often the same
It is then essential to have a book containing the photos of the Ibeji from each
Yoruba carver who worked in a period of time between 1830 and 1960.
This is what Fausto Polo wanted to accomplish by publishing this book.
It was then very important to offer a very large selection of Ibeji’s photos, showing
for each one the place of provenance, the degree of rarity, and, if known, the workshop
of the carver.
In the Encyclopedia of the Ibeji you will find 510 high quality beautiful Ibeji’s
photo, singles or pairs.
In the two volumes of the Catalogue of the Ibeji there are “only” a total of 167.
You will also find:
a chapter dedicated to the carving characteristics of the Ibeji;
a chapter dedicated to the different types of patina of the Ibeji;
a chapter dedicated to the Ibeji carvers and their identifying place;
a chapter dedicated to an innovative method to evaluate qualitatively and economically
the Ibeji, based on the carving characteristics and the patina;
a chapter dedicated to the expertizing of the Ibeji, with some practical examples.
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