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The Edo  people are the ancient Kwa language Bini-speaking ethnic groups who occupy South/Mid-Western Nigeria now called  Edo State.  They are the descendants of the people who founded the ancient and mighty Benin Empire. The generic term “Edo,” therefore, refers to these peoples who have shared historical origin as well as political and cultural similarities. These peoples are called the Edoid peoples.

The Edo people pride themselves on their wealth of history and civilization. The arts of Benin Kingdom are global brand. Benin artifacts are among the most exquisite and coveted in world’s history which represents the earliest civilization among blacks, specifically Africans. The Benin Kingdom is the fourth earliest known civilization recorded by historians, archaeologists and anthropologists.

Queen Mother Pendant Mask: Iyoba16th centuryNigeria; Edo peoples, court of BeninIvory, iron, copper (?)The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1972 (1978.412.323) photography by mma, Digital File DP231460.tif retouched by film and media (jnc) 8_4_11

Queen Mother Pendant Mask: Iyoba
16th century
Nigeria; Edo peoples, court of Benin
Ivory, iron, copper (?)
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1972 (1978.412.323)
photography by mma, Digital File DP231460.tif
retouched by film and media (jnc) 8_4_11

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