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Figure made of beads
H0213108 to H0213113
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Chosen and explained by Kazunobu IKEYA "Symbol of Wealth and Authority". This is the biggest beadwork I have ever seen. I hear that for the Yoruba people in the Oyo region of Nigeria, to possess such a figure made of beads shows one’s wealth and high social status.

History of the Object
I came across beads when I was examining the history of Khoisan people, who are indigenous to southern Africa. They obtain beads in exchange for things they produce through hunting, such as skins and ostrich feathers, and have created beadworks full of originality. How did they become so enamored with beads? This question has yet to be answered.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
glass beads 
Measurements
Width 82.7 cm. Height 132.5 cm. Length 75.5 cm.  
Creator name
Yoruba 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Yoruba land, southwestern district of the Federal Repbulic of Nigeria 
Geography
Nigeria 
Time period
AD 21th century ~ AD 21th century 
Creation date
21st Century 
Function
Symbol of Wealth and Authority 
Acquisition
Collected in 1998 
Copyright
 
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Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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