IGBO OKOROSHI OMA STYLE MASK 43, Nigeria

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

IGBO STYLE
Okoroshi Oma Mask 43
12" high x 8.5" wide x 5" deep
$300

In spite of its appearance, we believe this mask was made to be sold. The white paint layer has almost all worn off. 

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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