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Item Details
Public
Available to everyone
Culture
Igbo, Western Isuama subgroup
Title
Face Mask, Okorisia Nma
Work Type
Mask
Date
20th Century
Location
Creation Site: West Africa, Lower Niger River Region, Nigeria
Material
Wood, pigment
Measurements
10 x 6 1/2 in. (25.4 x 16.5 cm)
Description
Igbo masks are made in many styles, and their distribution does not necessarily coincide with a matching set of beliefs concerning mask spirits. For example, the Okorosia masquerades of south-central Igboland share overall style features with the northern Igbo masks of the Nri-Awka area, such as the white-faced "Maiden-Spirit Mask" Agbogho mmuo but the belief in Okorosia water spirits is borrowed from the Niger Delta to the south where water spirits abound. Okorosia masks are considered to be the messengers of Owu, a water deity found in the Niger Delta region. They descend from their homes in the clouds and appear on earth for a month every year at the peak of the rainy season. This fine old mask is a representation of one of the friendly and beautiful feminine spirits, Okorosia Nma, characterized by small, fine facial features. They dance in white attire while gesturing with fans or dance-paddles and about their waists are hung large brass bells. Their visual and behavioral opposites, the Okorosia Ojo, are ugly and fierce spirits with distorted features that contrast utterly with the small, finely-featured and symmetrical whiteface type seen here.
Repository
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Accession Number
1994.004.547
Subject
Mask
Source
Ex coll. William S. Arnett
Photographer: Bruce White
On View
No
Rights
© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2008.
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File Properties
File Name
16758664.fpx
SSID
16758664

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