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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.

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Yoruba Beaded Bag Diviner Apo Ileke Ifa Nigeria African

Africa | Twin figure ~ ibeji/ewu ileke ~ wearing a fine beaded gown, from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Wood, glass beads, cotton, pigments, bead embroidery (couching), pigmentation

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

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YORUBA GIRLS/WOMEN WEAR WAIST BEADS AND THIS IS WHAT IT CULTURALLY MEANS!-FROM GUARDIAN NEWSPAPERS,NIGERIA

current project: making waist beads...i already made one for Aminah, and i'm about halfway done with one for myself.