IGBO OKOROSHI OMA STYLE MASKS, Nigeria

IGBO Okoroshi
Oma
Style Mask 41
12.25" high
$400

IGBO Okoroshi
Oma
Style Mask 42
13" high
$300

IGBO Okoroshi
Oma
Style Mask 43
12" high
$300


IGBO Okoroshi
Oma
Style Mask 44
9.5" high
$300

IGBO Okoroshi
Oma
Style Mask 45
9.5" high
$300

See also the male Okoroshi Ojo type.

IGBO Okoroshi
Ojo
Mask 51
19" high
$1500

Photographs © Tim Hamill

IGBO OKOROSHI OMA STYLE MASKS, Nigeria

In spite of their appearance, we believe these Oma masks were made to be sold. Ojo Mask 51 has been vetted as authentic with signs of age and use.

Igbo Okoroshi masks are earthly manifestations of the Owu waterspirit cult, worn during the six week rainy season. Okoroshi Oma  are white-faced, pretty and represent women.  Okoroshi Ojo are black, ugly and male.  Together they represent the dualities of good/evil, female/male, white clouds/dark rain clouds, beauty/distortion, delicate features/large misshapen features, village/wilderness,order/chaos, clarity/mystery.

Igbo, by Herbert Cole.

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