African Tribal Art Wooden Carved statue tribal wood Statuette Ibedji Yoruba-28.1/7 CM. Endowed with an arrangement of braids organized in a crest, this female statuette has been sculpted in a summary way, almost abrupt for the abdomen. The colorful necklace that adorns her neck is made of dazzling glass beads. Its particularly lustrous surface has acquired a velvety softness. An original patina covers the item.Powderremain on the base, and indigo color has been spread on the face and the headdress. Cracks of desiccation appear on the object. From the vast collection of African tribal art of Monsieur Guy Mercier, now deceased, consultant for the Solvay group, which undertook it at the beginning of the 20th century.
While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection, however, comes from "cabinets of curiosities" which abounded in European capitals during the 1920s. It also comes from prestigious galleries (Paris, Brussels, London, NewYork).
Sculpted according to the indications ofIfa transmitted to the diviner, thebabalawo, the statuette acted as a substitute for the death of the child. This ibedji is then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of him; she can wash and feed him regularly.
If she dies, the remaining twin takes over. Considered as much more than a physical representation of a loved one, the ibedji influences the life of the. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "naga_4823" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.