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  • Photograph of the Deji of Akure, on throne in his courtyard.
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Oba Ademuwagun Adesida, the Deji of Akure, on throne in courtyard of Akure palace.
Yoruba peoples, Nigeria.
Photograph by Eliot Eliosfon, 1959
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
National Museum of African Art
Smithsonian Institution



Elaborately beaded footwear is traditionally part of the symbolically complex royal regalia which proclaims the status of the oba or leader of Yoruba peoples. Symbols include beaded faces which honour Oduduwa, the ancestral oba of the Yoruba, interlace patterns of beadwork that symbolize the interconnectedness of the divine with the living and birds which signify female power.