Iyoba Idia Profile Solid Bronze Pendent
Iyoba Idia Profile Solid Bronze Pendent
Iyoba Idia Profile Solid Bronze Pendent
Iyoba Idia Profile Solid Bronze Pendent

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Iyoba Idia Profile Solid Bronze Pendent

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 The Brief

  • This is a wearable expression of real African culture and heritage made from solid (not hollow) bronze.
  • It is a small version of one of the most iconic pieces of 16th century African bronze art.
  • The likeness is of Iyoba Idia (Queen Mother) – an African Woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • The pendent makes a discreet but powerful statement.
  • This pendent brings Edo & Nigerian heritage to the forefront.
  • Ethically made in the UK – solid bronze.
  • Comes with a 19 inch bronze chain.

 

The Detail

This pendent is cast in solid hall-bronze - 2.2cm (w) x 4.5cm (h) , weight  29 grams. This pendent celebrates the phenomenal Iyoba Idia (Queen Mother) who hailed from the Kingdom of Benin during the 16th century (now in modern day Nigeria). 

 

The Story

This pendent is a miniature modern interpretation of the image of Iyoba Idia – Queen Mother of the 16th century Kingdom of Benin (now in modern day Nigeria).  The original bronze life-size artwork was one of the renowned “Benin Bronze” pieces. Many similar pieces were seized in a punitive raid by the British (some of which can be found at the British Museum).

 

The Benin Bronzes shattered 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.