Queen Idia: Who is she, and why does a continent want her back?
/ Curator of African and Oceanic Art
An international icon of African art is displayed in SAM’s 4th floor galleries. How she came to be in Seattle is a story filled with pain and pride, now leading to a quest to return her to her original home in a royal palace. Should museums approach such challenges as a controversy? Or is this a time to collaborate and consider restitution? A conversation with an international colleague will help answer these questions.
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Image: Belt Mask of Iyoba (Mother of the Oba) Idia, ca. 1517 - 1550, Nigerian, Benin Kingdom, ivory, 4 3/4 x 9 3/16 in., Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company, 81.17.493.