Stunning African Yoruba Beaded King Crown/Hat
14.5ʺW × 6.0ʺD × 28.5ʺH
and 36" h with a black custom iron stand
Excellent minor beads loss
loose cut strands
Yoruba beaded crown with a figure of a king riding a horse surrounded by four guardians on the top. The mounted rider is a common theme in Yoruba sculpture, especially from the Ikiti area in northeast Yoruba. Mounted warrior-hunters established a number of kingdoms during the 1700s where the horse was a symbol of rank, position, and authority. These figures wear long traditional beaded tunics over-embroidered with beads.