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The Benin Mask - Gold/Silver

Sale price£19.99 GBP

The Benin Mask

Crafted from stainless steel and 18ct Gold Plated to a high standard. Comes with a 45 or 60cm chain.

This Benin Ivory Mask is a miniature sculptural portrait of the Queen Mother Idia of the 16th century Benin Empire. The sculpture takes the form of a traditional African mask and features a beaded headdress and choker at her neck.

 This type of hip-mask was worn by the King, during important ceremonies. He would wear the mask, slightly larger than nine inches, around his waist while he danced to dismiss unfriendly spirits.

The mask represents Queen Mother Idia, who was the mother of Esigie, a renowned ruler of the Edo people who ruled in the early 1500s. The Queen Mother was a great warrior and played a very significant role in the reign of her son.

 The mask, which has been described as one of the most beautiful pieces of ancient African art, was taken from the royal palace at Benin City during the British punitive military expedition of 1897.


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The Benin Mask - Gold/Silver
The Benin Mask - Gold/Silver Sale price£19.99 GBP