Lot: 19593rd Tribal Art Auction
Two anthropomorphic masks "okoroshi ojo"
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|Merton Simpson, New York, USA
Allan Stone, New York, USA
H: 9.4 inch;
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, pigments, base This mask type appears at so-called "okoroshi" ceremonies, which are connected with rituals for deities or spirits of the water "owu". Due to the dark colour and their rather coarse appearance, these masks can be assigned to the "okoroshi oyo" type. "Oyo" means evil, dark, ugly or heavy. The masks embody aggressive evil spirits. They are opposed by the "okoroshi oma" masks, which represent benign and friendly spirits and are dyed in white.