Title: Beaded Crown (adenla)
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00083055/00001
 Material Information
Title: Beaded Crown (adenla)
Physical Description: Imported glass seed beads, fabric, 39 7/8 x 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (101.3 x 19.4 x 19.4 cm)
Creator: Yoruba People , 20th Century
Donor: McGalliard, Rod ( donor )
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Nigeria
Abstract: The crown (ade) of the Yoruba king (oba) symbolizes both his divine authority and his life force (ase). The adenla, or great crown with beaded veil (iboju) protects his spiritual power, and also protects his subjects from the force of his gaze. The egret on the very top of the crown, okin, symbolizes the king’s role as peacemaker and protects the medicines stored in the crown, whereas those below it are symbolic of women’s powers. The overall blue and white color scheme evokes the Yoruba concept of coolness associated with deities whose attributes are rationality and calm. The strong zigzag pattern suggests the intensity of the king’s ase, or alternatively, the lightning bolts of the fiery god, Shango.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083055
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: 2002.39.1


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