Benin Warrior Mask

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"West African Warrior Chain"
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-1 X 2.5 inch Maskย 
-Franco Chain
-18K Gold Plated

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๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸพInspired by Benin KingdomโœŠ๐Ÿพ
The kingdom of Benin (present-day Nigeria) was plunged into a state of turmoil in the 1500's when Oba(King) Ozolua died and left two powerful sons to dispute succession. His son Esigie controlled Benin City while another son, Arhuaran, was based in the equally important city of Udo about twenty miles away. The ensuing civil war severely compromised Beninโ€™s status as a regional power and undermined Benin Cityโ€™s place at the political and cultural center of the kingdom. Exploiting this weakness, the neighboring Igala peoples sent warriors across the Benue River to wrest control of Beninโ€™s northern territories. Esigie ultimately defeated his brother and conquered the Igala, reestablishing the unity and military strength of the kingdom. His mother Idia received much of the credit for these victories as her political counsel, together with her mystical powers and medicinal knowledge, were viewed as critical elements of Esigieโ€™s success on the battlefield. To reward and honor her, Esigie created a new position within the court called the iyoba, or โ€œQueen Mother,โ€ which gave her significant political privileges, including a separate residence with its own staff.

As mother of the king, Idia and later iyobas wielded considerable power. Until recent times, the iyoba, who bore the obaโ€™s first son, had no other children and devoted her life to raising the future ruler of the kingdom, a role she was destined to play even before her own birth. Queen Mothers were therefore viewed as instrumental to the protection and well-being of the King and, by extension, the kingdom. Indeed, kings wore pendant masks representing the Queen Mother during ceremonies & Battle designed to rid the kingdom of malevolent spiritual forces.
Two vertical bars of inlaid iron between the eyes allude to medicine-filled incisions that were one source of Idiaโ€™s metaphysical power. Within the court, the Queen Mother political status was equal to that of a senior chief, and she enjoyed the right to commission precious works of art for personal and devotional use. Images of the Queen Mother inspired an Art Renaissance in West Africa. As with ancestral obas, deceased iyobas were venerated with cast brass memorial heads fitted with carved ivory tusks and displayed on royal altars.
In the 1900's after the "Benin-British Wars", the kingdom's great artistry was looted and 100's of masks & statues of the Warrior Queen Mother were taken as booty to London Museums.
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Elmont NY 11003