Yoruba Beaded Royal Crown
According to Yoruba mythology, the first Yoruba kings were the offspring of the creator Oduduwa. A Yoruba king's crown identifies the status of its wearer and give4es the king power to interact with the spirit world in order to benefit his people. The beaded crown is in the form of a cone. It is surmounted by birds; on the sides are the faces of ancestors. This crown is completely beaded with rows of multiple colors, predominantly yellow, but with red, white, black, and orange.

A veil, a large face, and a group of birds symbolize the king's power. It is said that a crown has a pouch to hold herbal medicines that give the king who is lucky enough to wear it the power to rule his people and his kingdom.

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