THE LEGENDARY IVORY THRONE (Background story)
The Ivory Throne is reckoned to be one of the most legendary symbols of power and authority in Lagelu Kingdom. It has been in existence for many years and had been the seat of power of all the Kings of Lagelu. The gold of the lion and the lioness statute are said to be made from refined gold while the four wooden masks at the base of the throne, symbolic of the ancestors of the land, are made from Iroko, a large hard wood tree from the West Coast of tropical Africa that can live up to 500 years. The mask carving were made by Gbadegesin, the greatest wood carver that ever lived in Lagelu. It is said by all who have encountered the legendary throne that the eyes of the wooden masks had a penetrating look as if they stared continually at you or as if they beamed with light. Whether this was an exaggeration or a mere assumption was however better imagined. The fact remained though that there was something extraordinary about these royal masks.