IGBO OKOROSHI OJO MASK 51, Nigeria

This mask has been vetted as authentic with signs of age and use.


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

IGBO
OKOROSHI OJO MASK 51
19" high x 11.5" wide x 18" deep
Nigeria
$1500

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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