Iyoba Idia Mask Fine Leather Journal (White/A5)
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This classic leather journal is crafted and bound in fine soft calfskin. The journals are finished with plain, creamy, acid-free, ivory paper from Florence. These are deal for writing or drawing. The white leather finish provides for a distinctive clean contemporary look and feel. All of these journals are hand-made to order. This can be the perfect gift for someone who appreciates African heritage & culture.
About the Image: This journal 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 (now in 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.