Ulli Beier - Yoruba beaded crowns - Ethnographica Ltd. 1982
Sacred regalia of the Olokuku of Okuku
"The most important symbol of Yoruba kingship is the beaded crown, a carefully constructed cone of beads with a fringe to cover the wearer's face.
The function of the crown is to eliminate the individual personality of its wearer - the King - and supplant it with the divine power of the dynasty. In this book Ulli Beier examines the crown collection of one traditional ruler in Yorubaland, and interprets the symbolic motifs in the royal regalia. He also follows the progress of the ritual 'festival of crowns' in one small town and describes one of the most elaborate and complex festivals in the whole of Yoruba country."
Ethnographica Ltd. in association with The National Museum, Lagos - 1982
114p - EN - very rare - remarkable condition