The Ivie Leopard Hoop earrings are boldly wrought to mimic the leopard that is extensively represented in Bini royal art. Crafted from 18k micron plated brass, the stylised leopard dangles from a bold hoop. Wear yours with a bold printed summer dress for a more is more finish.
- The earrings feature a bold hoop and a stylised gold leopard
- Butterfly fastening for pierced ears
- Composition: 18k micron plated brass
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. 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.