The Bonoselulu Triple Hoop Leopard Drop Earrings features our take on the traditional leopard featured in Bini royal art. Made from polished brass and micron rhodium-plated metal, they're made up of three circles of brass in graduating sizes and the oversized leopard falls below your jawline and gleams from every angle. Wear your hair cropped or slicked back to make sure they take center stage.
- The earrings feature a bold hoop and a stylised gold leopard
- Butterfly fastening for pierced ears
- Composition: Micron plated brass with hypo-allergenic sterling silver post
The History: The Leopard in Bini Symbology
The Oba is often metaphorically referenced as “the leopard of the palace,” and leopard imagery and symbology is rife in ancient Benin art and storytelling. Prior to the British Punitive Expedition and violent invasion in 1897, domesticated leopards were kept in the palace to demonstrate the Oba’s dominion over the wilderness. Linked to the Oba’s military might in Bini mythology, the leopard is celebrated for the balance between his strength and his reserve and moderation as a leader and as a symbol of justice. The leopard symbolizes the complete harmony between two compelling forces – the menacing and the moderating – that, in Benin, it is believed every ideal Oba should possess
About the Brand
Symbols of Authority is a brand focused on jewelry & objets d'art inspired by antiquity, mythology, contemporary art and ancient monarchies. The line, which boasts a large range of global, ethical & fair trade manufactured earrings, necklaces, hair accessories and homeware for the modern woman. Diversity in design, quality and affordability are what make the line so coveted. The #SOASIREN is unapologetically bold, whether it's at a party, out with friends or in the boardroom.