My sister came to visit the other day, armed with 3 gifts. One was from the artist
Bronwen Vaughan-Evans and the other two dolls were from Jo (Bronwen’s creation).
Here’s the story: The little cast jesmonite dollies are molded from a plastic doll that is a commercially produced figure that now replaces the traditional wooden doll used by the Yoruba people of West Africa to protect the mother and baby during pregnancy. There is a very high genetic incidence of twins in the Yoruba people and often one twin would not survive pregnancy or birth. The Yourba people believe that it is the purpose of this twin to bring the other (often stronger one) safely into the world. It is believed that the Ere Ibeji doll contains the spirit of the lost twin who protects the remaining live baby. The plastic rendition of the traditional Ere Ibeji is much closer to a…
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