Iyoba Idia Mask Logo Unisex Sweatshirt (Black/Gold)
Iyoba Idia (Mask)
Original Mens’/Womens’ heavyweight (and extra warm!) 70% combed cotton/ 30% polyester sweatshirt. Ethically produced with a high quality exceptionally finish and comfortable fit.
This garment features the iconic image of a 16th century ivory pendent mask of the likeness of Iyoba Idia (Queen Mother) from the ancient Kingdom of Benin in what is now modern day Nigeria. The mask is one of the most recognisable African images.
Iyoba Idia was of the Edo people. She was a warrior, protector, and a political & spiritual guide who fought for her son, Osegie, to claim the title of Oba of the Kingdom of Benin (c1504 to c1550). Her power and influence were such that she has been referred to as the ‘Hidden Oba’. She represents a timeless example of an African leader.