Title: Royal Slippers (bata ileke)
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 Material Information
Title: Royal Slippers (bata ileke)
Physical Description: Beads and leather Other (left): 3 3/8 x 5 x 11 1/4 in. (8.6 x 12.7 x 28.6 cm) Other (right): 3 3/8 x 4 3/4
Creator: Yoruba People, 20th Century
Donor: McGalliard, Rod ( donor )
 Subjects
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Nigeria
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Abstract: Beaded slippers were part of the regalia worn by the Yoruba king (oba) when he appeared in public ceremonies. Beaded shoes became popular in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries when European fashion became the model for prestige wear and Yoruba leaders began to move freely outside of the palace. Rulers created laws prohibiting commoners from wearing shoes and other items associated with royalty. When the king is greeted in Yoruba society, people say, “May the crown rest long on your head, may shoes remain long on your feet.”
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083047
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: 1995.28.20

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