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Representing IBO one of the JuJu gods, standing on circular base, head carved to show conical form of head dress, bead ornaments worn on neck, arm and leg. When twins are born in Nigeria, and one child dies, the Yoruba make a little figure which is kept on an altar and cared for almost like a living child. This is to prevent the dead child calling the surviving twin to join it. The beads and bracelets represent the main cult connections of the family. Nigeria, c. 1940