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Ibeji, Children of Heaven

Ibeji, Children of Heaven

Twins inspire both fear and wonder in Yorubaland, where the rate of twin births is among the highest in the world. Twins are considered special children who can bring riches to their parents or misfortune to those who do not honor them. If a twin dies, a sculpture is carved to remember them in the prime of life-forward-facing, confident, and dignified.

Wood, pigment, beads, nails
9 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 3 9/16 in. (24.5 x 8.5 x 9 cm)
Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back, February 7, 2002-April 30, 2006
Published ReferencesMcClusky, Pamela, Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke A Back, Seattle Art Museum, 2002, pg. 29

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