THE BRITISH MUSEUM PUBLICATIONS LTD - BMPL. ITS NOT A SOLID PIECE OF BRONZE- ITS A CAST SHELL- THE NECK IS SOLID AND IT ALL WEIGHS JUST UNDER 2 KILOS. SEE PICTURES FOR MORE DETAIL. Iyoba was the only woman to occupy one of the highest offices in Benin.She was classed with the highest ranking town Chiefs. The office of Queen mother was introduced in the early 16th century. Iyoba in the Benin Kingdom means the mother of the king (Oba) who ruled from 1504 to 1550, she played a significant role in the rise and reign of her son, she has been described as a great warrior who fought relentlessly before and during her sons reign as the Oba (King) of the Edo people.
The Queen mother was introduced by his son Esigie out of the gratitude for the decisive support of his mother, who with her magical power and acute mind had helped him during military campaigns, of the thirty-eight Obas of the present day dynasty, however, only seventeen were able to install their mother as Iyoba. Idia mobilized an army around Esigie which defeated Arhuaran, and Oba Esigie became the 16th king.After her death, the Oba commissioned a bronze head which is placed on one of the ancestral alters dedicated to the Iyoba. As a reference to their official function, the Queen mothers are depicted with, bead regalia like high ranking male dignitaries by the time she died, probably by the end of he first quarter of the sixteenth century, she had substantially altered Benins dynasty history as well as defined its course of history. She was the power behind the throne, before Esigie became the Oba. STANDS FREELY AND HAS A FELT BASE.
WOULD MAKE A NICE CENTRE PIECE. OR TO A THEMED FEATURE OR COLLECTION. WOULD MAKE A NICE GIFT.
Would Enhance any feature or Grace any Collection. ABSOLUTLEY FANTASTIC MUCH NICER THAN. THE PICTURES HAVE TURNED OUT!! All sizes listed are approximate.
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I cannot be responsible for any item once posted however. Proof of posting is always obtained and I will assist in any way that I can. All items are well packaged and promptly posted. If you have special requirements or questions. The item "16 Bronze Iyoba Idia BUST Statue HEAD FACE MASK ART Nigerian Queen African BMPL" is in sale since Saturday, April 25, 2015.This item is in the category "Collectables\Ethnographic Collectables\African Collectables". The seller is "a33y" and is located in W Midlands.
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