“Iyoba Idia Profile” Art Cushion
“Iyoba Idia Profile” Art Cushion
“Iyoba Idia Profile” Art Cushion

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“Iyoba Idia Profile” Art Cushion

Regular price £29.99
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The Brief

  • Decorate your home with original African culture and heritage.
  • The art featured is of one of the most iconic 16th century African artworks
  • The likeness is of Iyoba Idia –African Woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • A bold statement for your home- Edo & Nigerian heritage at the forefront.
  • Ethically made and sweat-shop free.

The Details

  • This cushion is double-sided - with the same design in different colours on both sides
  • Large-sized: 45 x 45 cm
  • Cushion materials come in two options: a) 100% cotton, or b) Faux Suede
  • NOTE: Only the cushions cover is provided. Cushion inserts are available online or from local homeware/DIY stores.

About the Artwork

This journal features the iconic image of a 16th century bronze profile 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.

 

About Iyoba Idia

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 a leader.



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