Re: [African_Arts] reckitt blue
- Nowadays, Yoruba sculptors hardly use this blue. Patronage has changed. Mothers, as a rule, do not commission Ibeji figures any longer, because they accept scientific reasons for twin infant mortality. When cults and indigenous societies commission sculptors, the artists now use permanent enamel coats with glossy textures, rather than the fugitive laundry blue. Other "traditional" Yoruba sculptors, including Lamidi Fakeye and Lawrence Alaaye, who are averse to these glossy enamels, now prefer the furniture finish of neat, sanded wood, coated with shellacs, waxes and vanishes. The result is not neccessarilly better or worse, but simply different.