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Cap (Orikògbòfóor Ojewe)

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Yoruba

Title

Cap (Orikògbòfóor Ojewe)

Place

Nigeria (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1925–1975

Medium

Glass beads, cloth, iron, and thread

Credit Line

Gift of Diane Wedner and Ron Ziskin

Reference Number

2000.496

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 . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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