She was the mother of King Esigie, an oba (king) in Benin City. He was the first Oba to speak any language other than Yoruba. Queen Idia was a great warrior who fought to maintain the empire of her son. She fought like a man, was brave and powerful. She is a symbol of woman’s liberation.
Typically she is represented as a fierce warrior. We had a mask recently which had skulls of vanquished foes accross the top, which is a fairly typical presentation. This is by far the most feminine portrayal I have ever seen of her, and it is lovely.
She represents power, skill, and loyalty, and I think in this bust is still very feminine - she has it all!
This wonderful bust is nearly 17 inches tall, 7 inches wide, and weighs 11 pounds. It is designed to free standing. The statue is crafted from local hardwood.