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A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

Yoruba [Nigeria]

Pair of Yoruba beaded footstools 1969

RCIN 74686

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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Creating and embroidering beaded patterns for footstools is an important spiritual exercise for the Yoruba people of modern-day Nigeria. The symbolism of the interlaced motifs denotes many aspects of spiritual life – including power, the past, the future and respect for ancestors and descendants.

The beads used are glass, sewn together with cotton thread in sections, and then sewn to the footstool.

The footstool is part of a set of two, which two matching thrones, presented to Queen Elizabeth II by the People of Nigeria during her visit in 1956.