Iyoba "Queen Mother" of Benin Kingdom, Nigeria Bronze Statue 24" tall


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Iyoba "Queen Mother" of Benin Kingdom, Nigeria Bronze Statue 24" tall:
$3500.00


Dimensions 24" x 6.5" x 6.5

Condition. Because of the thinness and age of the bronze there are a couple of damage areas on her parrots beak, lower lip and base.. (see photos)


There are about half a dozen early style heads (dating from before 1550) such as this one which are characterized by their lifelike appearance and the thinness of the metal. This head is believed to have been made in the same workshop as another sixteenth century head in the collection of the National Museum, Lagos. They were both made by members of the royal guild of brasscaster in Benin City, Southern Nigeria. Representations of the queen mother often show her with a high peaked hairstyle. This was described as a ‘parrot’s beak’ and was covered with a coral bead net. This head is important because of its sensitively-rendered facial features, with the eyes half lowered and cast downwards.


 


Idia was the mother of Esigie, the Oba of Benin who ruled from 1504 to 1550. She played a significant role in the rise and reign of her son, being described as a great warrior who fought relentlessly before and during her son's reign as the oba (king) of the Edo people.Queen Idia was instrumental in securing the title of oba for Esigie following the death of his father Oba Ozolua. To that end, she raised an army to fight off his brother Arhuaran, who was subsequently defeated in battle. Esigie thus became the 17th Oba of Benin. 

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Esigie instituted the title of iyoba (queen mother) and conferred it on his mother, along with Eguae-Iyoba (Palace of the Queen Mother)


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Iyoba "Queen Mother" of Benin Kingdom, Nigeria Bronze Statue 24" tall:
$3500.00

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