“Modern Iyoba”

“Modern Iyoba”

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The Benin Kingdom in Africa around the 16th Century would call the King’s mother Iyoba (Queen Mother). Idia was the first Queen mother of the first Oba (King). The King was very close with his mother and would consult with her before making any decisions. She was highly respected and was known to have magical powers. Most paintings, sculptures, and masks made of her have marks on her forehead which indicate where she holds her power. This painting is an ode to all the mothers that protect and help their children navigate through this society. A reminder that a relationship between mother and child can and should be sacred and powerful. The sage places underneath the mother and child to clean any negative spirits and to keep the connection grounded.

“Modern Iyoba”

Shahaadah Morell
by Shahaadah Morell
media: mixed media
year: 2019
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tags: education & awareness , lifestyle , activism

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