The AMICA Library
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African; West African; Nigerian
Africa, Nigeria//Africa, West Africa, Benin, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Southern Ghana, Southern Nigeria, Togo (SL) Africa,West Africa,Nigeria
Figure for a Deceased Twin (Ere Ibeji)
full view. also photographed as part of a set with 1982.1513
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Wood, beads, fiber, pigment, metal
Standing female figure with elaborate coiffure, with blue pigment; and two bead necklaces; attached to base with incised herringbone pattern. Broad face with almond-shaped eyes and metal studs inserted to suggest pupils; wide nose and lips; three incised lines in center of forehead; incised lines above and below eyes; three incised lines on each cheek; large oval-shaped ears with residue of red pigment. Conical headdress with incised horizontal and vertical lines. Arms at sides with hands attached at hip; bead bracelet around left wrist, with fiber bracelet on each wrist; incised lines to suggest fingers. Projecting conical-shaped breasts with three incised diagonal lines extending from proper left breast to shoulder. Very low relief navel; incised triangular pattern carved in triangular design to suggest pubic area. Short thick legs with wide, plank-like feet; low relief lines to suggest toes. One of a pair.
H: 10 in. (25.4 cm); W: 3 in. (7.62 cm); D: 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Deborah and Jeffrey Hammer.
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