Coronet (Orikògbòfóor Onigegemerin)

A work made of glass beads, cloth, iron, and thread.

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  • A work made of glass beads, cloth, iron, and thread.

Date:

Mid–20th century

Artist:

Yoruba
Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Once installed in royal office, a Yoruba ruler must never be seen with an uncovered head. For sacred occasions, the ruler wears an elaborate cone-shaped beaded crown. However, he usually also owns a selection of less elaborate beaded hats for daily use. Because they are not produced for ceremonial purposes—and thus need not reflect the sacred world—such hats demonstrate a great range of artistic styles. This hat resembles a British coronet, with clusters of beads on the ridges imitating gems.

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Artist

Yoruba

Title

Coronet (Orikògbòfóor Onigegemerin)

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1925–1975

Medium

Glass beads, cloth, iron, and thread

Credit Line

Gift of Drs. James and Gladys Strain

Reference Number

2000.494

Extended information about this artwork

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