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ASK THE EXPERT - JUN 2015

ASK THE EXPERT - JUN 2015

Elio would like to know the origin and the degree of rarity of this nice Ibeji.

It is a very interesting type, because it has a very different style from the usual quiet personality of most Ibeji. This Ibeji, through several carving elements – the hairstyle with four lateral cones and one higher central one, the eyebrows very long on the front of the face with well defined cuts, the large nose, the long arms, the very short and well open legs – shows a very significant strength. I have written in the “Encyclopedia of the Ibeji”, in the chapter dedicated to the evaluation of the sculpture, that the strength is one of the three elements which identifies a valid sculpture. Also the patina seems to have a good level of quality, with the characteristics of a statue which was carved between the end of 1800 and the beginning of 1900. This Ibeji comes from a workshop in Ogbomosho (Oyo) and it is certainly RARE. An Ibeji from the same carver is identified on the plate n. 462 of the Encyclopedia of the Ibeji.