Crown (Ade)

A work made of glass beads, fabric, thread, and copper alloy.

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  • A work made of glass beads, fabric, thread, and copper alloy.

Date:

Late 19th/mid–20th century

Artist:

Yoruba
Idowa, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Elaborate beaded crowns are worn by rulers throughout the Yoruba kingdom. This beautiful example was one of several once belonging to the king, dagburewe, of Idowa, a town in southwest Nigeria. Crowns symbolize the inner head or spiritual essence of a Yoruba king, a notion suggested by the common motif of beaded faces that appear on either side of this crown. Faces may also imply a link between a ruler and past kings, who are influential ancestors. The veil of beads lends mystery to the king and guards others from his potent gaze. The flock of birds can be interpreted in many ways, all suggesting that no man can rule without cooperation and support.
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On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Yoruba

Title

Crown (Ade)

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1875–1975

Medium

Glass beads, fabric, thread, and copper alloy

Dimensions

102.8 × 27.6 cm (40 1/2 × 10 7/8)

Credit Line

Cora Abrahamson Endowment

Reference Number

1994.314

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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