Coronet

Coronet

1900s

Cloth, glass beads, and thread

Overall: 12.7 x 19.5 x 19.7 cm (5 x 7 11/16 x 7 3/4 in.)

Gift of Drs. James, Gladys, Jay, Jeffrey, and Jamie Strain 1998.279

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Like the rare conical crown (ade), the coronet (orikogbofo) may only be worn by a king descended from Oduduwa, the first king of the Yoruba. Whereas the crown is reserved for special occasions, the coronet may be used by the king for less formal public events and when entertaining non-Yoruba visitors. It signifies wealth rather than royal status.

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