This artwork is a realistic representation of Iyoba Idia from the historic Kingdom of Benin (now in Modern day Nigeria).
Iyoba Idia known as “Idia ne Iye Esigie” – a renowned warrior queen, skilled administrator, spiritual guide and inspiration. Idia was first an Olori (Royal wife) of Oba Ozolua, as well as a military strategist cum mystical warrior before becoming an Iyoba (Queen Mother) as well as the mother of Oba Esigie (1504 – 1550 CE).
This portrayal of Iyoba Idia highlights the face delicately displayed in its naturalistic elements, with graceful curves that echo the oval shape of the head. The carved scarification marks denote a number related to females, which indicates her gender.
Iron inlays for the pupils and rims of the eyes intensify the Queen Mother’s authoritative gaze and accentuate her inward strength.
The two vertical depressions on her forehead were additionally decorated with iron. She is portrayed wearing a choker of coral beads and her hair is organized in an elegant design that takes after a tiara.
The hollow back, holes around the perimeter, and stopper composed of several tendrils of hair at the summit suggest that the mask functioned as protector, filled with special and powerful materials that preserves the keeper.
This Bronze sculpture will make a great centerpiece for your home, office, studio and more. It will be a great keep for Individuals who would like to connect to the African Heritage.