Yoruba Beaded Crown, Nigeria


Yoruba Beaded Crown, Nigeria, 23"x15", pony beads, cloth, steel wire. The Yoruba are the masters of African beadwork. The top bird is removable, and all the bird's tails may be set in the up or down position. Beads are sacred to the Yoruba, and a crown such as this would be worn by only a few of the most important kings. It would be worn for important public events. The beads which hang down as a veil serve to hide the king's face downplaying his individuality and accentuating his universal divine aspect. It is also said to protect villagers from the potency of the king's direct gaze. For the the Yoruba, birds refer to the spirit world and such a motif symbolizes the king's mediating role between the human and spirit worlds. Birds also represent the feminine whose procreative and nurturing power must be respected by the king. The repeating pattern is a comment on the fecundity and interconnectedness of all life, and the continuity of royal lineage. Extraordinary attention to detail. Meticulous beadwork. Good condition.

  • Model: AA66
  • Shipping Weight: 6lbs
  • 1 Units in Stock

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 27 January, 2014.

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