© Tim Hamill
YORUBA, BEADED CROWN 9, Nigeria, 22", $600, SOLD
Traditionally, Yoruba crowns were worn by the king, or Oba, in public ceremonies. They were embellished with symbolic designs. Beads were signs of wealth and status.
Most of these are contemporary and were probably made for sale rather than for use by a king.
The veil, here incomplete, was to separate the divine king from mortals. It has 16 strands, averaging 10" long. The opposite side of the crown is similar, with a face and more attached birds.
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