Beaded Crown, Adenla
Yorube Tribe, Nigeria
Wood (frame), textile, glass beads, adhesive

H: 32"
Inventory # 10590

Yoruba beaded crowns were the principal symbol of royal authority, and were worn by the king and his courtiers, and sometimes given as presents to important visitors. When a Yoruba ruler wore the crown, his head was covered, and the veil of beads obstructed his face. His inner head, or personal destiny, was inextricably related to the sacred authority of the crown, and all those who had worn it previously. The birds symbolized the procreative power of women, and were often referred to as “our mothers.”