Sunday 14 August 2022

The Historic “Official” Itsekiri Crowns

During his coronation, H.M. Olu Atuwatse-III made reference to the historic ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป๐˜€ of the Warri Kingdom of Itsekiri.

Please refer to the embedded video below for reference & details.From the Olu’s testimony:

The first was a beaded crown brought by Ginuwa from the Benin palace; the second was a Portuguese-style silver crown; and the third is a golden crown made in the same Portuguese style.

Please refer to the image below for the silver and golden crowns.Unfortunately, not much is known about the “actual”, primary, official crown — the beaded crown.

Fortunately for posterity however, all information is not lost on this crown.

Lieutenant John King, R.N. was at the Warri kingdom ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ข 1818.Lieut. John King, R.N. beheld this very crown and has got a little (but crucial) piece to share with posterity.

Lt. John King notes:"At Warri “the ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป of the sovereign is a sort of large cap in the ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ three feet high, covered with ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜€ and with a couple of ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€’ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ” (King)."

King, R. N. in H. L. Roth (1903), p. 27. n. 1.Notice how the description furnished by John King unmistakably matches the ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป๐˜€ called ๐—”๐—ฑรฉ-ลƒ๐—นรก.

Please compare the “๐—”๐—ฑรฉ-ลƒ๐—นรก” crown ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ below with Lieut. John King’s description of the Itsekiri crown.

Notice the striking resemblance.๐—”๐—ฑรฉ-ลƒ๐—นรก crowns (i.e. ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ-๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜€) are unique articles of ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐˜†. 

They are renowned for their ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป from the sacred & primary Yoruba kingdom of ๐—œ๐—ณแบน̀.In Conclusion: 

It now becomes clear that the “๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น” crown of the Warri kingdom of Itsekiri was an ๐—”๐—ฑรฉ-ลƒ๐—นรก crown.

It also becomes clear that the palace of the Bini once held at least one ๐—”๐—ฑรฉ-ลƒ๐—นรก (of ๐—œ๐—ณแบน̀ origin) with which Ginuwa left Benin for Ode-Itsekiri.

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