X86.4720 Beaded crown

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Beaded crown
Yoruba peoples
Basketry, glass beads, cotton cloth, thread
H: 17cm, Diam: 11 cm (H: 6.6 in, Diam: 4.3 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Arnold Rubin. X86.4720


This miniature conical crown would have been placed on the top of an orisa Oko iron staff. It has several faces, oval shapes with bulging eyes and noses. Lineage scarification marks are represented by three vertical lines of white beads on each cheek, below the eyes. an inverted white triangle on the forehead suggests the spiritual presence of the ori inu (inner head).

Source: Drewal, H., Mason, J. (1998). “Beads, Body, and Soul – Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 258