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  • Kuba Belt
  • Sash with Triangular Pendant
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  • Kuba Belt
  • Man's Prestige Hat (ashetu)
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  • Beaded Coronet
  • Beaded Coronet
  • Beaded Crown (adenla)
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Beaded Coronet

Beaded Coronet (orikogbofo)

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

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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