X88.424 Ibeji with beaded gown

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Ibeji with beaded gown
Yoruba peoples
Wood, glass, beads, string, cloth, camwood powder, pigment
H: 29 cm, W: 22.5 cm, D: 11.0 cm (H: 11.4 in, W: 8.8 in, D: 4.3 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Bequest of Mary Stansbury Ruiz. X88.424


The orita meta (cosmic crossroads motif) reminds us of the passage of the child memorialized here, and the hope that its spirit will be reborn in the future.

Source: Drewal, H., Mason, J. (1998). “Beads, Body, and Soul – Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 249