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    Beaded Crown (Ade) of Onijagbo Obasoro Alowolodu, Ògògà of Ikere 1890-1928

    The ultimate symbol of Yoruba kingship is the bead-embroidered crown. All crowns are surmounted by an okin, the royal bird, and represent the face of Oduduwa, the creator-god who became the first king of Ife, the ancient Yoruba capital. The two horsemen and attendant figures symbolize the king’s status and, quite likely, his military prowess. The beaded veil that covers the face of the wearer depersonalizes the oba, emphasizing his office, while protecting onlookers from the danger of casting their eyes directly on the awesome radiance of a divine king.

    • Culture: Yoruba
    • Medium: Basketry, beads, cloth
    • Place Made: Osun State, Nigeria
    • Dates: late 19th century
    • Dimensions: 37 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (95.9 x 24.1 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Arts of Africa
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Exhibitions:
    • Accession Number: 70.109.1a-b
    • Credit Line: Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund, Frederick Loeser Fund, and Carll H. de Silver Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Yoruba. Beaded Crown (Ade) of Onijagbo Obasoro Alowolodu, Ògògà of Ikere 1890-1928, late 19th century. Basketry, beads, cloth, 37 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (95.9 x 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund, Frederick Loeser Fund, and Carll H. de Silver Fund, 70.109.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 70.109.1a-b_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
    • Catalogue Description: Conical basketry frame, covered with beaded cloth. Bead colors: green, yellow, amber, red, orange, white, royal and navy blue, and aqua. Top of crown surrmounted by dettachable bird. Second tier has four standing human figures, third tier has two frontal faces, two equestrian figures, and two standing figures. Attached beaded flaps at rim, with geometric patterns. Open work veil with frontal face. CONDITION: Veil flap missing beads, as are beads on equestrian figures, left standing figures, and second tier standing figures. Flaps and cloth framework frayed. Cinical basketry frame, covered by stiffened cloth base and embroidered with green, amber, yellow, red, orange, white, royal blue, aqua, and navy blue beads. Top of crown surrmounted by dettachable bird. Second tier of crown has four standing figures. Third tier has two frontal faces, two equestrian figures, two standing figures. Thress attached beaded flaps at rim, decorated with geometric designs. Forth flap, a veil, is open work with frontal face. CONDITION: Veil flap missing beads wherejoins crown proper. Beads missing from equestrian, left standing figure, and four figures of second tier. Flaps and cloth framework is frayed
    • Record Completeness: Best (85%)
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