The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of May 20, 2024

Twin Figure (Ère Ìbejì)

Twin Figure (Ère Ìbejì)

late 1800s–early 1900s
Location: not on view

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This figure commemorates a twin that has died in infancy.


Such a figure is carved when a twin dies in infancy and serves as a memorial to the surviving sibling. These twin figures are always carved to look like adult individuals with idealized physical features. Various body adornments suggest the care parents devote to their children, while the erosion of facial features indicates the symbolic washing and feeding of the figure as a means to connect the soul of the deceased to that of the living twin.
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