These were the first commercially manufactured dolls in Colonial Africa. They are made of molded plastic, and today are sold throughout the world.
This simplistic, yet detailed doll incorporated African and European influences. It can be viewed as either a replacement or an extension of the everyday and ritualistic figurines used in Africa, little dolls made of readily available materials such as earth, cloth and wood. I chose to give these iconic dolls my own interpretation, without knowing the story behind them:
The Yoruba people of Ghana are prone to have twins, and there is no scientific explanation for the phenomena. Many twins are lost, either in utero or soon after birth. The spirit of the dead child is represented by a small figurine which the living twin carries with them. The family cares for it as if it were a living clone.
I myself lost a twin in utero, and the connection to this story has become significant to my being and my need to be surrounded by human icons, dolls and figurines.