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Vintage

Amber Yoruba Beaded Crown

Africa Direct

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Amber Yoruba Beaded Crown
Amber Yoruba Beaded Crown
Amber Yoruba Beaded Crown
Amber Yoruba Beaded Crown

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Product Information

Era:
Vintage; 1980s
Condition:
Good; a few missing beads, glue residue
Country of Origin:
Nigeria
Materials:
glass/fabric
Size:
10" W x 18.5" H
Color/Finish:
amber

Why We Love This

Yoruba beaded crown (adenla) in amber. The right to wear the adenla is limited to approximately 50 Yoruba kings. Theoretically, only direct descendants of one of the 16 children of the god Orisha, first king of the Yoruba people, can wear them. The top bird holds powerful medicines to protect him and his destiny. The veil is to keep viewers from seeing the king's face, focusing attention on the real source of power, the crown.
As described by Africa Direct

About Africa Direct

Africa Direct, Inc. is owned by Elizabeth Bennett and Sara Luther. African art, trade beads and ethnic jewelry are both business and passion for Sara and me. We started buying African art twenty years ago as gifts for our children, four of whom are adopted and are African-American. We had been active in anti-apartheid politics for some time.

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