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Ceremonial crown

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Ceremonial crown

Culture Group: Yoruba peoples
Culture: Yoruba
Date: 19th–20th century
Medium: Beads and leather
Dimensions:
13 3/4 x 8 inches (34.9 x 20.3 cm)
Classification: Textile
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Last
Label Text:This elaborately crafted, super-structured crown, decorated with two 2-dimensional faces, sixteen 3-dimensional birds and a veil of multicolored beadwork, invites viewers to make associations with both Yoruba sacred kingship and Ifa, the Yoruba cult of divination. The kings who wear these great conical beaded crowns trace their descent from Odudua, the mythic founder of the Yoruba (who is represented by the two faces on the crown), and his sixteen sons (symbolized by the sixteen birds on the crown) who established the parameters of the Yoruba kingdom.

Object number: 1976.20.2
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