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  • Male Royal Ancestor Mask
  • Kuba Belt
  • Kuba Belt
  • Sash with Triangular Pendant
  • Hat (Mpaan)
  • Kuba Belt
  • Man's Prestige Hat (ashetu)
  • Beaded Coronet
  • Beaded Coronet
  • Beaded Coronet
  • Beaded Crown (adenla)
  • Royal Slippers
  • Elephant Mask
Beaded Coronet

Beaded Coronet (orikogbofo)

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

Use of beads for royal regalia in Nigeria dates to around 1000 CE, at the beginning of the Yoruba kingdom. By the late 19th century, with the importation of glass seed beads from Europe, Yoruba artists began experimenting with new forms and motifs, blending European and local styles to produce an array of crowns, coronets and other beaded garments. A Christian bishop’s miter may have inspired this coronet that would have been worn in the presence of a Christian group. Its shape and floral motifs are similar to those produced for the king Oba Alake Ademola II (reigned 1920-1962).

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