Yoruba Beaded Crown, Nigeria


Yoruba Beaded Crown, Nigeria, 21"x8", pony beads, cloth, steel wire. The Yoruba are the masters of African bead work. 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 public events. The beads which hang down as a veil serve to hide the kings 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. This crown makes an obvious allusion to fertility and emphasizes the king's respect for the women of the village and the female principle in general. The repeating pattern comments on the fecundity and interconnectness of all life and the continuity of the royal lineage. Extraordinary attention to detail. Meticulous beadwork. Good condition.

  • Model: AA67
  • Shipping Weight: 6lbs
  • 1 Units in Stock

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

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