Yoruba Beaded Crown. Colorless and opaque black glass; natural fibers, wood, glass beads; woven, sewn, embroidered, flame-worked. Beaded crown consisting of a basket structure of natural fibers, lined on the interior with a flannel-like cotton fabric and covered on the exterior by fine woven linen or cotton cloth. Its edge is trimmed with faded red flannel fabric. The crown is divided in four equal sections which are densely embroidered with vertical rows of mirrored bugle beads. The four seams are enhanced by 6 parallel lines of bugle beads on each side, and 9 protruding knops covered with colorless seed beads. On top of the crown rests a waisted wooden(?) knop covered with fabric which is also embroidered with horizontal rows of seed beads. A wide band of diagonal rows of bugle beads decorates the rim. Four three-dimensional stylized birds, their bodies covered in seed beads, with flat wings embroidered with bugle beads and trimmed with seed beads, are sewn onto the center of each panel. The birds' eyes are indicated in opaque black seed beads and the tail feather by four or six, respectively, thin strands of bugle beads; unsigned.