Iyoba Idia Cuff-Links - Sterling Silver
Iyoba Idia Cuff-Links - Sterling Silver
Iyoba Idia Cuff-Links - Sterling Silver
Iyoba Idia Cuff-Links - Sterling Silver
Iyoba Idia Cuff-Links - Sterling Silver

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Iyoba Idia Cuff-Links - Sterling Silver

Regular price £110.00
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The Brief

  • These cufflinks are an expression of authentic African culture and heritage.
  • The mask design featured replicates a most iconic 16th century African art work.
  • The likeness is of Iyoba Idia – an African Woman from the historic Kingdom of Benin: leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • These cufflinks make a real statement as does the wearer.
  • These cufflinks bring Edo & Nigerian heritage to everyone's attention.
  • Ethically made in the UK from hallmarked sterling silver.

 

The Details

These cufflinks are cast in sterling silver and are hallmarked (UK and convention marks). Size: 2.2cm (w) x 4.5cm (h). They celebrate the phenomenal Iyoba Idia who hailed from the Kingdom of Benin during the 16th century (now in modern day Nigeria).

 

The Story

Small pieces making a big statement. These cufflinks 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.

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