These beautiful African armchairs are hand beaded, from top to bottom, and hails from Nigeria in West Africa. Fist of all, these beaded chairs were originally made for the Yoruba tribe’s royalty. Furthermore, only the Yoruba’s Kings and Queens as well as, their direct ascendants were the only privileged ones allowed to sit in these chairs.
Constructing one of these furniture pieces is a major task, one beaded chair, can take anywhere from 10 – 14 weeks to be completed, from beginning to end. These chairs are available in different coloured beads, styles and the sizes can differ somewhat. Today, these functional artful chairs are seen in lobbies, lounges, bedrooms as well as, waiting rooms and offices in some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, lodges, resorts private homes and contemporary offices across the globe.
This Yoruba King’s crown from Nigeria is worshiped as one of the most cherished beaded objects from Africa. This cone-shaped crown embellished with beaded faces, geometric patterns and birds represents the future as well as, the past of the King or Queen who it was made for. Therefore, it can only be worn by Yoruba royalty during public and state occasions. The crown is the most important object in royal Yoruba insignia. The beaded strings act as a veil and are attached at the bottom of the crown, thus covering the King’s face and shrouding him from onlookers. Furthermore, strengthening his role as divine ruler.