By Carla Herling
Drake University (formerly University of Iowa)
When the figure has been carved the artist presents it to the hopeful woman who places it on her back, tucked in her wrapper. She returns home, dancing all the way to the songs sung in honor of ibeji by the women of her community. The figure is placed on a small shrine in the mother's sleeping room, its face is washed, and it is dressed in rich garments and beads. When the surviving twin is given gifts the same gift must be given to the ere Ibeji. Those who offer gifts to Ibeji are in turn blessed with good fortune and prosperity. This pair has been offered beautiful jackets embroidered with expensive beadwork.