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The answer from Fausto Polo...

It is a big Ibeji, from Osi Ilorin (Ekiti), and it is classified on the Catalog of the Ibeji with the file n. 523 and on the plate 337 of the Encyclopedia of the Ibeji. The carving characteristic and the height of 36.5 cm (14-1/4 inches) make me think that could be originated from the workshop of the great carver Areogun. I know of the existence of only six Ibeji carved by Areogun:

A male on the file 523 of the Catalog of the Ibeji and on plate 337 of the Encyclopedia of the Ibeji.

A male photographed on the hand of a girl and published at page 82 of the book "Yoruba Religions Carvings" by Kevin Carrol.

A pair of females photographed on lot 235 of the Christie Auction of June 1980.

A male photographed on lot 205 of the Sotheby's auction of June 1984.

A male photographed on the lot 281 of the Christies auction of December 2003.

Certainly it is very rare Ibeji. It has a high commercial value, if it is certified by an expert of Yoruba art, who would confirm the genuineness and the provenance from the Areogun workshop.

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