Iyoba Idia Ring - Silver (Unisex and Adjustable)
Iyoba Idia Ring - Silver (Unisex and Adjustable)

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Iyoba Idia Ring - Silver (Unisex and Adjustable)

Regular price £90.00
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The Low Down

  • Not just jewellery – this is an expression of real African culture and heritage.
  • The design featured is of one of the most iconic pieces of 16th century African art.
  • The likeness is of Iyoba Idia – an African Woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • This ring makes a real statement. So does the wearer.
  • This ring bring Edo & Nigerian heritage to everyone's attention.
  • Ethically made in the UK – sterling silver.

 

The Detail

This ring is cast in sterling silver. It celebrates the phenomenal Iyoba Idia who hailed from the Kingdom of Benin during the 16th century (now in modern day Nigeria).  The ring is unisex, and is adjustable and fits a wide range of sizes.  

 

The Story

This ring is a miniature modern interpretation of the image of Iyoba Idia – Queen Mother of the 16th century Kingdom of Benin.  The original ivory carving is one of the renowned Benin artworks. 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