Lot: 345

86th Tribal Art Auction

Couple of female twin figures "ere ibeji"

Nigeria, Yoruba, Oyo, Oshogbo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Eli Goldmann, Vienna, Austria (collected in situ in the 1950s/60s)
Winfried Rathke, Geisenheim, Germany (1967)
H: 10 inch/10.2 inch sold

wood, brown patina, indigo blue and red pigment, diamond-shaped eyes with framing eyelashes and drilled pupils (metal tags missing), flat noses with hanging tip, pursed lips, concentrical linear tattoos, scarifications on the stomach, string of glass discs around hips, one figure with cowrie shell pendant, slightly dam., cracks

Polo, Fausto, Enzyklopädie der Ibeji, 2008, ill. 381