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Yoruba Beaded Crowns

Sacred chiefs of the Yoruba culture wear coronets or orikogbofo. Experimentation of style and motifs are prevalent in this particular coronet. European inspired floral patterning and the adaptation of the Christian bishop miter shows the influences of other cultures. The delicacy of the beadwork and the motifs convey symobls of status and power of its wearer.

Beaded Coronet (orikogbofo)

Beaded Coronet (orikogbofo)

Yoruba People
Nigeria
Beaded Coronet (orikogbofo)
20th Century
Imported glass beads, cotton cloth, plant fibers
Gift of Rod McGalliard
2002.39.7

Headpieces of this type, termed orikogbofo, are worn by ranking individuals among the Yoruba or by sacred chiefs. While the floral motifs are derived from European influences, the overall resemblance to a Fez and the interlocking motifs can be attributed to early Muslim presence in Yoruba lands. On the rising peak of the hat, inverted heart shapes may represent leaves used for medicinal purposes. The chief would have worn this type of hat during meetings with Muslim groups.

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