MOA: University of British Columbia


Bright green plastic doll (representing an ibeji figure), in the form of a female with short hair, wearing a knee-length dress with short sleeves and a ruffled collar. Dress is belted at the waist, with a bow tied at the back centre. Dress has a row of buttons running down the back, from the collar to the belt. Figure has a necklace with large heart-shaped pendant. Doll is holding a toy bear in her right arm, with her left arm straight along her side. Wearing knee-length socks, with a square pattern, and plain shoes. The piece is hollow and was moulded, the centre seam is visible along all sides. Hole in top centre of head, with a black plastic plug.

  • History Of Use

    This type of plastic "lotte doll" is now sometimes used in Yoruba practices, in place of a traditional wooden figure. Ère Ìbejì is normally a wooden figure that was carved in honour of a twin who died. Yorubas believe that twins share a soul, so the family was to treat the figure as they would if the twin was still physically present. As a result, the twin was fed, washed and cared for.

  • Type of Item figure
  • Culture Yoruba
  • Material plastic
  • Measurements height 25.6 cm, width 7.1 cm, depth 5.3 cm (overall)

  • Previous Owner Titilope Salami
  • Received from Titilope Salami

  • Made in Nigeria
  • Collected in Lagos

  • Creation Date during 2019
  • Ownership Date before November 13, 2019
  • Acquisition Date on November 13, 2019

  • Condition fair
  • Accession Number 3406/0002