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ETHNOGRAPHY : AFRICA

Object Name

Figure

Description

Representing Omokehinde one of the JuJu gods, standing on circular base, head carved to show hair dressing, bead necklace. When twins are born in Nigeria, and one child dies, the Yoruba make a little figure which is kept on an altar and cared for almost like a living child. This is to prevent the dead child calling the surviving twin to join it. The beads and bracelets represent the main cult connections of the family. Nigeria, c. 1940

Materials

wood

Place Collected

Nigeria
Nigeria

Catalogue Number

BELUM.C377.1936

Copyright

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