Twin Figurine, 19th–mid–20th century
Côte d'Ivoire or Burkina Faso; Senufo or Tussian
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm), W. 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm), D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman, 1964 (1978.412.497)
Twin or doubled imagery is a prominent feature of Senufo divination arts. Artists create twin figurines for the diviners and their clients who seek spiritual intercession to guide them in their work and secure their well-being. In this context, figurative pairs refer to coupled bush spirits, water spirits, biological twins, and otherworld partners.