A pair of Yoruba twin figures, "ibeji". The Ibeji cult believe that twins share a single soul. If one or both twin children die, figurines are carved in their memory and cared for by their mother as if they were living. Each figure, one male and one female, are standing with finely carved feet leading to tapering torsos, the female with conical breasts and the male with muscular chest, each with large oval heads beneath a striated up-swept hairdo, the female with a string of old indigo beads at the neck and coral, turquoise, and white strung beads in each arm draping over her ankles. The male has a string turquoise beads around his neck and turquoise and white strung beads in each arm draping down to his ankles. They stand approximately 11 3/4" tall and are in very good condition with age appropriate wear. There are a couple of small chips in the female's up-swept hair.
A Pair of Nigerian Yoruba Twin Figures, Adorned with Native Beads & Shells