The Yoruba Tribe of Southwest Nigeria are well known for the dramatic beadwork. Beaded Yoruba crowns were formed from hides scraped free of hair. and were worn only by kings for ceremonial occasions, Beads are considered sacred to the Yoruba. The faces on the crowns represented honor of the ancestors, and serve as reminders of the royal line,
The inclusion of birds refers to the spirit world and the king's ability to mediate between the realms of human beings and spirits, the secular world and the spiritual one. Birds are also said to represent female power, It is commonly accepted that the oba (king) cannot rule without the cooperation and support of the women in his village.