This ancient Ibeji comes from the village of Abeokuta, situated in Egba tribe territory. It is not unusual to find an Ibeji coming from Abeokuta village carrying the carver’s signature engraved below the base. This statuette in fact shows a logo in shape of “X”, both below and on the front side of the base.
It is the signature of Makinde, son of Oniyide Adugbologe and grandson of Ojerinde Adugbologe, founder of one of the most renowned Yoruba carvers’ workshop in mid XIXth century.
The identifying element of ibeji carved by Makinde, evident also in the case of this statuette, is represented by the hands joined to the body at the height of the hips, with the tips of the four fingers bent at an angle of 90° and the thumbs held, away from the body, pointing straight downwards.
This classical Ibeji is well carved and shows evident signs of tribal usage. Mauro Polo