Iyoba Idia Mask Oversize Bronze Pendent
Iyoba Idia Mask Oversize Bronze Pendent
Iyoba Idia Mask Oversize Bronze Pendent

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Iyoba Idia Mask Oversize Bronze Pendent

Regular price £110.00
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The Brief

  • This is a bold wearable expression of African culture and heritage.
  • The mask design featured is an iconic piece of 16th century African art.
  • It is the  likeness is of Iyoba Idia – an African Woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • This oversize pendent makes a real statement - as does the wearer.
  • This pendant brings Edo & Nigerian heritage into the public view.
  • Ethically created 

The Detail

This pendent is cast in bronze. It celebrates the phenomenal Iyoba Idia who hailed from the Kingdom of Benin during the 16th century (now in modern day Nigeria).  The pendent is unisex, and comes with a 22inch bronze chain. The mask measures 4cm (w) x 7.5cm (h).

The Story

This pendent is a  modern interpretation of the image of Iyoba Idia – Queen Mother of the 16th century Kingdom of Benin.  The original ivory carving is one of the renowned Benin artworks. Many similar pieces were seized in a punitive raid by the British (some of which can be found at the British Museum).

The Benin Bronzes shattered the myths that African art was by any means primitive.  It sent a clear message that African art was well capable of being just as sophisticated, or even more so, than European art. 

Iyoba Idia - warrior, politician, spiritual leader, adept politician, and protector of the Edo people. She was also known as the "The Hidden Oba" and remains a giant of true leadership.  For more information see:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iJat3eyWag

http://rainqueensofafrica.com/2012/11/iyoba-idia-the-hidden-oba-of-benin/

http://www.cultureindevelopment.nl/News/Heritage_Africa/683/Queen_Idia_Mask's_sale_sets_Sotheby's_against_art_world