Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Sterling Silver)
Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Sterling Silver)
Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Sterling Silver)
Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Sterling Silver)
Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Sterling Silver)

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Special Edition Iyoba Idia Mask Drop Earrings (Sterling Silver)

Regular price £140.00
Tax included.

The Brief

  • Beyond earrings – these are an expression of real African culture and heritage.
  • The earrings are based upon one of the most iconic pieces of 16th century African art.
  • The image is of Iyoba Idia – an African Woman (Edo) who was a leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • These earrings make a bold statement by acknowledging the original art & culture.
  • These earrings bring Edo & Nigerian heritage into the spotlight.
  • Sterling silver. Ethically made in the UK.

The Details

The earrings and hooks are cast in Sterling silver. Dimensions: Each mask size: 2.2cm (w) x 4.5cm (h).They celebrate the phenomenal Iyoba Idia from the Kingdom of Benin during the 16th century (now in modern day Nigeria).

The Story

Bold pieces making a bold statement. These earrings are a modern interpretation of one of the most recognised pieces African Art-work- the Iyoba Idia ivory pendent mask. Most likely created in the 16th century, it dispelled the myths that African art was primitive. The mask 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