Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Bronze)
Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Bronze)
Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Bronze)
Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Bronze)

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Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Bronze)

Regular price $140.00
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The Brief

  • Beyond earrings – these are wearable African culture and heritage.
  • The earrings are based upon an iconic piece of 16th century African art.
  • The image is of Iyoba Idia – an African Woman (Edo) and Queen Mother who was a leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • These earrings make a bold statement by acknowledging the original art & culture.
  • This jewellery brings Edo & Nigerian heritage into the spotlight.
  • Solid bronze. Ethically made in the UK.

The Details

The earrings are cast in bronze with Sterling silver hooks. Dimensions: Each mask size: 2.2cm (w) x 4.5cm (h).They celebrate the phenomenal Iyoba Idia from the Kingdom of Benin during the 16th century (now in modern day Nigeria).

The Story

Bold pieces.  Bold statement. These earrings are a contemporary interpretation of one of the most recognised African Art-works- the Iyoba Idia ivory pendent mask. The original mask, most likely created in the 16th century, destroyed the myth that African art was primitive. The mask sent a clear message: that African art was 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