Lot: 291

84th Tribal Art Auction

Masque "okoroshi oma"

Nigéria, Igbo

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Austrian Private Collection H: 29 cm 1000 EUR
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wood, kaolin, dark brown paint, slightly dam., traces of insect caused damage (above all backside), crack (chin), metal base; "okoroshi" is best translated as "water spirit". The benign and friendly ones are "okoroshi oma" - "beautiful spirits", white-faced and white-dressed. The Igbo word "oma" means good, pretty, and light. Their aggressive male counterparts in dark blankets are called "okoroshi ojo", "ojo" meaning dark, ugly or heavy.