Beaded crown (ade ileke).
19th c African (West) Yoruba Applied Arts
Glass beads; Metal; Cotton
London. British Museum.
Traditionally worn by kings who could trace their ancestry to Ododua the mythic founder and first king of the Yoruba people. The birds decorating the crown represent the royal bird (okin).
YORUBA | Beaded crown (ade ileke). | c. 1800-1899 | West African | Yoruba
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