Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba / Sacred Crown / early 1900sAfrica, Nigeria, Yoruba
Sacred Crown
early 1900s

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Nigerian
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba
Title: Sacred Crown
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1925
Creation Date: early 1900s
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Costume
Materials and Techniques: cloth, glass beads, basketry, cardboard, wood, feather quilts
Dimensions: Diameter: 26.8cm, Overall: 105.9cm, Cone: 35.1cm, Fringe: 55.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1995.22
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Style or Period: Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba
Context: A cone-shaped crown with beaded veil is the most important element of royal regalia among the Yoruba. Reserved for ceremonial occasions, only rulers descended from the deity Oduduwa may wear them. To consecrate a sacred crown, magical herbal materials are packed inside the top of the cone. Four beadwork faces on the cone represent either royal ancestors, or Oduduwa himself. Atop the crown is an okin, recognized by the Yoruba as the king of the birds.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1995.22
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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