Showcasing the art and ritual of the African and African-diaspora religions

Yoruba Crown

Catalog Number: D034


18cm x 10cm



7in x 4in


Religion and Denomination: Yoruba indigenous religion (Yoruba)
Transatlantic Family of Religion: Orisha
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Ethnographic Origin: Yoruba
Materials: Beads
Usage: Ritual (non-yet-used)
Detailed Description of Significance:

Yoruba chief’s or king’s headdress.  In Yorubaland, as elsewhere in the world, elaborate headgear calls attention to the high  rank of the wearer.  The costly workmanship and rigid pillbox structure of this hat suggest that it was made for a male chief.  Most  Yoruba women wear cloth head-ties. Most Yoruba women wear cloth head-ties.  Most untitled Yoruba men wear  collapsible hats of a similar shape that are folded down on one side.