Iyoba Idia Mask Small  Pewter (Polished) Pendent
Iyoba Idia Mask Small  Pewter (Polished) Pendent

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Iyoba Idia Mask Small Pewter (Polished) Pendent

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The Iyoba Idia Small Mask Pendant

  • This is a small but bold wearable expression of African culture & heritage.
  • The design is based upon an iconic piece of 16th century African Art (Kingdom of Benin).
  • The mask is the likeness of Iyoba Idia – an African Woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • This  pendant makes a real statement about Africa, African art, and African people
  • This pendant brings Edo & Nigerian heritage into the full public view.
  • Ethically created

 

The Detail

This pendant is cast in polished pewter.  It is silver-coloured - but much lighter in weight than sterling silver.  The pendent 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 stainless steel chain. The mask measures 2.2cm (w) x 4.5cm (h).

 

The History

This pendant is a bold  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 looted in a brutal punitive raid by the British (some of which are still captive at the British Museum).

The Benin Bronzes and related works shattered the myths that African art was only  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