This Ibo ( Igbo) Okoroshi mask is coming from the collection of the Dutch painter-sculptor Karle Gomes. These masks where used for the Owu waterspirit cult, during the rain season.
H= 23 cm. 31cm on the metal stand (included) The mask is in a very light wood ( bois de fromager) Some inscriptions on the inside of the mask ( Ibo. A Gouher?) No holes on the inside rim. Black pigments,white kaolin, yellow.
The Okoroshi Oma white-faced mask , represent a pretty women. Opposed to Okoroshi Ojo the black ugly male mask.
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. ( ref.: Igbo, by Herbert Cole )
Sold with a custom made metal stand
Coming from the collection of Karel Gomes (1930-2016), a deceized sculptor, artist, sculptor
B/w ill. : Okorshi oma (middle), the pretty water spirit flanked by two Okoroshi ojo, violent evil spirit masks. Southern Igbo area, Nigeria. Photo: Herbert Cole.