- ORIGIN: Abeokuta
- TRIBE: Egba
- HEIGHT: 9.50, 9.50 in. - 24 cm, 24 cm
- CATALOGUE OF THE IBEJI No. 14
- ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE IBEJI No. 128
- CARVER: Shokon
- IBEJI ARCHIVE No. 01v33
- EXPERTISED/APPRAISED VALUE: $ 7,900
Pair Males Abeokuta
An elegant pair of males from Abeokuta, Egba tribe, carved by Shokon.
Shokon is the last carver of the Eshubiyi family, which began to work in the town of Abeokuta in 1862. Shokon succeded his father Akinyode when he died in 1937 and operated until the mid 1900. Shokon and Akinyode both signed their work with the same signature, in the shape of three concentric lozenges. This is a well carved pair of Ibeji, in particular the skills of the carver can be noticed in the beautiful and elaborate hairstyle, masterly carved with braids that are drawn upwards, forming a fan shape. The eyes and the ears are both pierced. Both Ibeji wear an apron knotted on the back and have a stunning natural patina from many years of tribal usage.