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

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.

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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