African Beaded Yoruba chair
The pearls are sewn on fabric covered objects, by hand. Each color symbolizes a god. The motifs are characterized by plant and animal representations.
Height: 127 cm - Width: 61 cm - Depth: 130 cm.
In Yoruba tradition, the belief was that pearls reinforced spiritual powers. The kings, mystics and priests were the privileged few who ad the right to posses pearl bearing objects in order to communicate with the various gods and ancestors. Starting in the 19th century traditional ways of life, having radically changed, gave way to a new decorative interpretation of pearl work. This know-how has been safeguarded by skilled workers. The pearls are sewn to cloth covered objects. Each color is symbolic of a god. the symbols represented the most often are human, animal and vegetal.
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