Vintage Yoruba Handbeaded Headdress, Nigeria, Strange Imports
Yoruba beaded crowns were the principal symbol of royal authority and worn by the king and his courtiers. The most important of the King's regalia, and is worn at all important occasions. The bird is Okin, the royal bird, and represents the female elders and their procreative powers. The faces are represent Oduduwa, the ancestor of all crowned Kings, or Obakufon, the god that created beads. Traditionally, kings work these crowns low, covering their face, to representing the king as an embodiment of the connection between past and present.
The Yoruba people live in southwestern and north central Nigeria. Their religious beliefs are part of Itan, the total complex of songs, histories, stories and other culture concepts which make up their society.
Dimensions: 9" width x 9" depth x 18" height
With veil: 9" width x 9" depth x 33"height
Condition: Great, wear consistent with age.
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