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Ewe Peoples
African

Female Figure

20th century

Object Type: Sculpture
Dimensions:
7 1/4 in. x 2 3/8 in. x 2 1/4 in. (18.42 cm x 6.03 cm x 5.72 cm)
Medium and Support: Wood
Accession Number: 2013.0017.0016

Credit Line: Gift of Dileep and Martha Mehta


The Ewe carve twin figures known in different Ewe communities as "hohovi," "venavi," "venovi," or "ewewo" to honor and commemorate the spirits of dead twins. The sculptures are fed and bathed and treated much like living children. Some have clothes appropriate for different occasions.
Ewe twin figures are carved in a variety of styles, but their arms typically terminate in hands that are not joined to the body, unlike most better-known Yoruba twin figures.

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