Iyoba Idia Cuff-Links - Bronze
Iyoba Idia Cuff-Links - Bronze
Iyoba Idia Cuff-Links - Bronze

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Iyoba Idia Cuff-Links - Bronze

Regular price £70.00
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The Brief

  • These are an expression of African culture and heritage.
  • The design featured is of one of the most iconic pieces of 16th century African art.
  • The likeness is of Iyoba Idia – an African Woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • This accessory makes a real statement. So does the wearer.
  • Wearing these brings Edo & Nigerian heritage to everyone's attention.
  • Ethically made in the UK - solid bronze.

The Detail

The cuff-links are cast in solid bronze with hallmarked sterling silver fittings. Size: 2.2cm (w) x 4.5cm (h). These cuff-links celebrate the phenomenal Iyoba Idia who hailed from the Kingdom of Benin during the 16th century (now in modern day Nigeria). 

The Story

These solid bronze cuff-links recreate one of the most well-known and revered pieces of African artwork – the 16th century Ivory pendant mask of Iyoba Idia. It is one of that dispelled many myths about Africa, African people, and African art. It cemented the realisation that African art of the same period was as sophisticated and as advanced as those created in Europe - or even more so.

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