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Oba Ademuwagun Adesida II, the Deji (ruler) of Akure, in courtyard of Akure palace, Akure, Nigeria

Catalog Data

Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
1 Slide (col.)
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Archival materials
Color slides
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts Oba Ademuwagun Adesida II, the Deji (ruler) of Akure, in courtyard of Akure palace. "Because of changing historical circumstances including disputes over succession, and inter-kingdom warfare, there are hundreds of Obas, but in fact not all hold the same degree of authority, and only those who can trace descent from one of the sixteen sons of Odua can wear beaded crowns (Beier 1982:5). The crown (ade) is the most important of all the Oba's regalia, and Obas wear their beaded veiled crowns on all ceremonial and religious occasions." [Arnoldi M.-J. and Mullen Kreamer C., 1995: Focus on Twelve African Hats. Crowning Achievements, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
C 2 YRB 12 EE 59
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"West African Permanent Exhibit," held by Sinclair Community College at the Learning Resource Center Library in Dayton, Ohio, beginning 2001. LL01-0003
Local Note:
Time Life no. 58482 82
Frame value is 9.
Slide No. C 2 YRB 12 EE 59
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Portraits  Search this
Leaders  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Regalia  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 2070
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Nigeria
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art