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Yoruba Queen Mother's Beaded Crown - PF.5003
Origin: Southwestern Nigeria
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 15" (38.1cm) high x 10.5" (26.7cm) wide
Collection: African Art
Medium: Cloth, Beads

Location: United States
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The head (ori) is considered by the Yoruba to be the "site" of a person's essential nature (iwa), and their life-force (ase). Since exalted individuals such as kings, queens and high ranking priests are thought to have closer contact with spiritual forces, the headgear they wear should reflect this elevated state. This remarkable crown is composed of narrow braided bands rising up into a lovely arch or crest, with a triangular open space in the center. The outer rim is covered with silver beads, seen also in clusters on the crest's front and back. Wide bands, like braids of hair, form the lower portion, upon which are attached panels on either side. Triangles (symbols of regeneration), in blue-white and green beads, decorate these rectangular panels. Cloth in a Western pattern of blue and white strips with red roses serves as a veil to hide the face of the queen mother. Royal individuals are believed to possess spiritual power which can effect others. A veil also functions as a device of modesty and discreet observation. The lovely curve of this crown reflects the symmetry of the inner life, of serenity and peace of mind; aspects a venerable queen mother possesses. - (PF.5003)


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