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Among the Yoruba of western Nigeria, the use of beaded accessories was restricted to kings, priests and priestesses, and herbalist-diviners. Only kings however could enjoy the full range of beaded regalia such as slippers, fans, fly whisks, footrests, canes, staffs, thrones and crowns. Among the most important elements of an Oba's official ceremonial dress are tall, conical beaded crowns (adénlá). The face on the front has many associated meanings including gods and royal ancestors. The birds represent okin, the royal bird, and are also references to the power of women in royal authority. The veil of beads shields ordinary people from the power of the King while subordinating his identity to the concept of the continuity of the ruling dynasty.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: November 21, 2009