This artwork is a modern representation of Iyoba – Queen Idia of the ancient Benin Kingom.
It carries so much meaning and significance. The Queen Idia Mask, the swords, the three stars and the machete can all be sighted in this work of art.
The Queen Idia Mask signifies the head of the Edo warrior queen called Queen Mother Idia. She has two swords crafted beside her face which represents loyalty and dignity.
The stately sword signifies Edo’s recognition as a royal state based on its ancient cities.
The Jekri sword signifies courage and royalty and it is believed to have magical powers.
The three stars represent the people of Benin, Esan and Afemai. The machete signifies Edos peoples’ devotion to farmlands and as well hunters.
This work of art serves as an educational piece and can be hung anywhere.