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Ewe Venavi Doll

Ewe Venavi Doll

Item Description:

As the Yoruba in Nigeria do, their eastern neighbours, the Ewe in Togo and Ghana honor their twins. And similar to how the Yoruba create carved ibeji twin figures’ in memory of deceased twins, vicarious sculptures for dead twins are also produced amongst the Ewe. The Ewe call these figures ‘venavi’ and they are stylistically different from typical Yoruba ibeji carvings. ‘Venavi’ are carved from light, light-colored wood, generally from the wood of the kapok tree. Venavi are often simpler, more basic carvings and are usually monochrome except for the hairstyle or/and the feet that are sometimes accented in black pant. The proportions of the Ewe venavi are more realistic in comparison to the Ibeji of the Yoruba. Nevertheless, the ‘classical’ Ewe style stipulates a very stereotyped pose for the venavi’: rigid, standing emphatically upright, and with both arms and hands always separated from the body, pointing directly downwards. This characteristic style can also be recognized in the ‘venavi figure’ offered here. This ‘venavi’ figure perfectly embodies the style of the Ewe carvers.
*Note: Buyer Responsible for shipping costs from Florida.

Condition:

Fair. Breaks on toes of feet. See images.

Medium:

Wood, Pigment.

Provenance:

Scassi Collection - Boca Raton, Florida.
The bulk of the collection was put together in the 1970's from galleries in the New York area while the collector was living in Greenwich Village. His collecting continued over the years though with a piece added here and there through till the mid to late 1990’s. No documentation exists, the information is from family members

Dimensions:

7.25" Tall (18.4 com)

About The Artist:

Ewe

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