Twin figure "venavi", Ewe, Togo / Ghana.
The Ewe people, who live in southern Togo and Ghana are the eastern neighbors of Asante, make small wooden wooden dolls called "venovi" or "venavi". Like the Yoruba people in Nigeria, they carve twins figurines, for protection of survivor after death of a twin. The Ewe women used to care for them, they were fed, washed and caressed. Dolls with broken arms or legs were considered by the Ewe as more powerful. They ensured that children would be born healthy, with their arms and legs intact.
This is an old male twin figure of classical form, rising from short legs, short free carved arms, a bulky body, broad shoulders, hairdo with side parting, executed in a fine blond wood, shiny patina, black paint remains, missing parts (left leg), signs of fine age and wear.
Literature: Elizabeth Cameroon, Isn't she a doll?
H: 16,7 cm - 13.39 inch.