Iyoba Idia Profile Solid Silver Pendent (Sterling Silver- Hallmarked)
Iyoba Idia Profile Solid Silver Pendent (Sterling Silver- Hallmarked)
Iyoba Idia Profile Solid Silver Pendent (Sterling Silver- Hallmarked)
Iyoba Idia Profile Solid Silver Pendent (Sterling Silver- Hallmarked)

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Iyoba Idia Profile Solid Silver Pendent (Sterling Silver- Hallmarked)

Regular price £100.00
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The Brief

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

 The Detail

This pendent is cast in solid hall-marked sterling silver. 2.2cm (w) x 4.5cm (h) .  This pendent celebrates the phenomenal Iyoba Idia 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.  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.  Made in Hatton Garden, London.

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