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Crown, early 20th c., glass bead and cotton, West Africa region, Gift of Myron Kunin  Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Obas, or kings, of the Yoruba wear beaded caps (orikobofo) on informal occasions and for certain public ceremonies. This example is modeled on a European crown but also displays the Yoruba royal bird (okin).