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The bead-embroidered and veiled crown, or “ade”, is an attribute of the Oba people that symbolizes the aspirations of the ruling authorities of their civilization. The bird motif has layers of meaning: it is an emblem of the role of the king as an intermediary between his subjects and the gods, in the same way that a bird mediates between heaven and earth. Yoruba crowns thus connote power by divine sanction. The bead embroidery is made by men through a ritualistic process, turning beads into the symbol of the consistent continuity of generations, and of solidarity and unity.