About this artwork
This elaborate conical crown once belonged to the king of Idowa. It refers to the inner head (ori inu) or spiritual essence of a Yoruba ruler. The faces outlined with beads establish a link to past kings, who serve as influential ancestors to the present one. The beaded veil protects onlookers from the king’s potent gaze while multiple three-dimensional birds allude to the supernatural powers of women.
- Crown (Ade)
- Glass beads, fabric, thread, and copper alloy
- 102.8 × 27.6 cm (40 1/2 × 10 7/8)
- Cora Abrahamson Endowment