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The answer from Fausto Polo...

As it appears in the several and clear photos, this statuette seems to be recently carved. In fact, its carving characteristics appear to be modern and slightly aggressive. In particular, it is possible to notice the spread legs, the slightly folded hands to fist, and the arms slightly bended, as they were ready to extract the guns in a duel between pistoleros. Also the rhomboidal eyes are very bulging, with triple and modern incisions all around. The three large scarifications, carved on every cheek, and the crested hairstyles, in style vaguely punk, complete the picture of a modern statuette. The ornaments, places in abundance around the neck, the hands, the ankles, and the waist, do not seem to be those typical, for colors and materials, of an Ibeji statuette. Lastly, but an important negative element, is the lack of the sexual organs - in this case those of a male - in a statuette that appears moreover well carved.

This lack, in the case of an Ibeji, would have angered the mother of the subject, who would have not  accepted this representation.

In summary, I do not think the statuette photographed has the necessary tribal characteristics to be defined as an Ibeji.

 

 

 

 

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