Royal Cap (Orikogbofo)

A work made of glass, cloth, and string.
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  • A work made of glass, cloth, and string.

Date:

20th century

Artist:

Yoruba
Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Brilliantly colorful, Yoruba crowns and hats feature strands of tiny glass beads sewn on a cloth base. These glass beads normally distinguish worshippers of different orisa, or deities: white beads are worn by Obatala worshipers, black and red by Esu worshipers, red and white by Sango, green by Ifa, and so on. The presence of a full spectrum of colors on royal crowns thus visibly demonstrates that in the person of the Oba, or king, all religious groups are united. The makers of orikobofo are liberated from rigid conventions and are able to explore new designs, color combinations, and forms.

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Artist

Yoruba

Title

Royal Cap (Orikogbofo)

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1901–2000

Medium

Glass, cloth, and string

Dimensions

16.5 x 20.3 x 21 cm (6 1/2 x 8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Donald Young and Shirley Weese Young

Reference Number

2015.303

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