Africa | Fine beaded crown, ‘ade ileke’, traditionally worn by a Yoruba king. ‘The beaded veil that covers the king’s face hides his individuality and increases attention on the crown itself, the real centre of power…’. The birds decorating the crown represent the royal bird, okin. | ca. Mid 20th century.
Kings Tunic Agbada Ileke Artist/ Origin: Yoruba Peoples Region: Nigeria: Ijebu Region, Kingdom of Owo Period: circa late 19th century- early 20th century Material: glass beads, cloth Dimensions: 35 x 48 x 6 1/2 in On view in the museum