Yoruba Beaded Crown (white beads and black metal stand)
When threaded together, beads represent solidarity and unity. As they encircle and adorn parts of the body, beads conceal and protect a person’s àṣẹ (is a West African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make things happen and produce change) and, through their symbolic meaning, may also reveal essential characteristics of that person.
A beaded cone-shaped crown with a long fringe of beads that covers the wearer’s face is the most important symbol of Yoruba kingship. Beaded crowns signify that the king-wearer can trace his ancestry to Odudua, the mythical founder of the sixteen original Yoruba kingdoms.
A Yoruba king’s crown identifies the status of its wearer and gives the king the power to interact with the spirit world in order to benefit his people. A veil, a large face, and a group of birds are SYMBOLS that commonly appear on a Yoruba king’s crown.
90cm x 29cm x 90cm