A traditional, ceremonial African beaded crown headdress from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Of conical shape it features faces on all sides in multi-colored, glass beads, mounted with three dimensional birds. The vest tunic is heavily beaded with masks, lizards and geometric designs with cowrie shell borders on leather and fabric. Together with beaded slippers and displayed on a custom iron display stand. This type of headdress is worn by a Yoruba oba or leader who must not reveal his face to the public. Instead, he wears an this ade or adenla.
DATE c. 1950
DIMENSIONS Width 28 Depth 4 Height 68 in.
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