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X93.31.2 Beaded Cap


Object Name: Beaded Cap
Place of Origin: Nigeria
Cultural Group: Yoruba peoples
Materials Used: Glass beads, thread, cloth, burlap, cardboard
Date: c. 1920’s-1930’s
Dimensions: H: 13 cm, Diam: 19 cm (H: 5.1 in, Diam: 7.4 in)
Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hammer. X93.31.2

The central projection marks the site of medicines protecting the initiated head of the ruler. From the site radiate six lines and designs (diamonds and triangles) that fragment and energize the entire surface of the cap. The ancient triad of cool, hot, and warm hues joins the colonial chromatics of pink, pale blue, and yellow to create a bold, dynamic, shimmering surface.

Source: Drewal, H., Mason, J. (1998). “Beads, Body, and Soul – Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 210

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