Ibeji with Beaded Cloak


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Artifact Identification Ibeji with Beaded Cloak   (1987.13.0001)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Ceremonial Artifacts
  4. :
  5. Funerary Objects
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Colonial, 20th century CE
Culture Yoruba
Location On Exhibitin the Africa exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 26.8 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 21.5 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 15.7 cm
Weight 755 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood, Glass, Pigment--Stain
Manufacturing Processes Beaded, Carved, Staining
Munsell Color Information Brownish Black (7.5 Y R 1/1) -ns Deep Orange ( 5 Y R 5/12) -ns Vivid Yellow ( 2.5 Y 7/12) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A
Description N/A

"The Ibiji, a memorial figure to a twin, proclaims love and honor for the spirit of the twin. The cowrie-covered vest of this figure enhanced it by replicating clothes worn by priests of Sango, a deity associated with twins." - von Kahler Gumpert, Anita. The Timeless Cowrie: Its Significance the World Over. Washington DC: Bead Museum of Washington DC, 2007. Compare Met. Mus. of Art 1986.471 (This number is not accurate).


Fagg, William. African Tribal Images. Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland Museum of Art. 1968; plates 126-132. Sieber, Roy. African Art in the Cycle of Life. Smithsonian Inst. Press. 1987. Vogel, Susan. For Spirits and Kings. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1981. Willet,[-]. African Art. pp. 88,90. Geneen Wright, untitled student paper, 1995 (in research file)

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Richard and Barbara Faletti Family Collection
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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