Africa | Mask Ensemble of the Kuosi Society Member. Bamileke people, Cameroon | ca. 19th - 20th century | Fabric, monkey fur, glass beads, feathers, reeds, string, horsetail, ivory
Yoruba beaded crown from Nigeria.
Africa | Royal headdress. Yoruba people. 20th century. Fiber and glass beads | Beaded items have long been associated with royalty among the Yoruba. Cone-like crowns like this one are primary symbols of a king's authority. When wearing it, a king becomes connected to royal ancestors, thereby strengthening his authority. Since it is prohibited for people to gaze directly at the king's head, a veil is included to conceal him.