This Magnificent Beaded Face and Bird Crown comes from the Yoruba People of Nigeria. Beads and royalty are closely linked in Africa. For centuries, African rulers accumulated valuable, locally made and imported beads. They also controlled their distribution and use. The ownership of large quantities of beads, the variety of exquisite beaded clothing and regalia, and the right to display colorful beaded designs distinguish rulers from the rest of the populace. During public ceremonies, kings wear spectacular arrays of bead work. They dazzle their subjects with the splendid colors and the unique designs of their royal costumes and regalia. Among the most spectacular beaded objects from Africa are the crowns of Yoruba kings in Nigeria. Yoruba rulers wear these crowns on state occasions and during public functions. It consists of a cone-shaped basketry frame over which the artist stretched starched cotton. He formed faces from starched cotton, attached beaded figures of birds, and decorated the entire surface of the crown with beads of contrasting colors. The faces on the crown represent ancestors, one of whom might be Oduduwa, the legendary founder of the Yoruba. The gathering of the birds alludes to the spirits' world and the king's ability to mediate between the realms of the human beings and of the spirits. This Beaded Crown is exquisite and shows the craftsmanship and regalia of the Yoruba Artists. A truly magnificent piece of art to display in your home or add to your collection.
COMES ON STAND
The crown shows age, but overall in excellent condition
Late 20th Century
33" on Stand
9 3/4" wide
9 3/4" deep
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