See also the male Okoroshi Ojo type.
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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