Iyoba Idia Profile Stud Earrings (Gold Plated)

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These earrings are cast in bronze and plated with 24ct gold. Size: 2cm (w) x 1cm (h).  They celebrate the phenomenal Iyoba Idia who hailed from the Kingdom of Benin during the 16th century (now in modern day Nigeria).  

These earrings are 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

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