About This Artwork

Odo-Ona Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
Owned by Oba (King) Dele Adeshina of Odo-Ona Ilorin

Royal Coronet, Early/mid–20th century

Glass beads, cloth, and string
15.2 x 20.3 cm (6 x 8 in.)

Restricted gift of Cynthia and Terry E. Perucca; African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund, 2009.581

The Yoruba appreciate the color variations and sparkling surfaces of beads, as well as the way that they can be combined into dazzling patterns. Beads contain àse (animating force) and become further imbued with it when worn. Today titled Yoruba men wear beaded regalia as an expression of power, status, and divine sanction. This beaded cap features an interlaced motif with strong royal associations. [See also 2009.580].

— Revised permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Ownership History

Oba Dele Adeshina, Odo-Ona Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, until 2009; sold to Garuba Konte, Albuquerque, N.M., 2009; sold to Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago, Ill., 2009; sold to the Art Institute, 2009.

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