Iyoba Idia Mask Stud Earrings (Gold Plated)
Iyoba Idia Mask Stud Earrings (Gold Plated)

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Iyoba Idia Mask Stud Earrings (Gold Plated)

Tax included.

These earrings are cast in bronze and plated with 24ct gold. Size: 2cm (h) x 1cm (w). They celebrate the phenomenal Iyoba Idia who hailed from the Kingdom of Benin during the 16th century (now in modern day Nigeria).

Small pieces making a big statement. These earrings are a modern interpretation of one of the most recognised pieces African Art-work- the Iyoba Idia ivory pendent mask. Most likely created in the 16th century, it dispelled 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.

Made in Hatton Garden, London.

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