Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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okoroshi oma mask
  • unknown Onitsha maker
  • okoroshi oma mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, paint, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 x 21 x 23.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 8 1/4 x 9 1/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2931
Label Text

The mask depicts a human face in white with black hair. The face is relatively small and the eyes are close together. There is a black asterisk-like mark on the forehead, and dotted lines for eyebrows. The eyes have small slits and there are curved slits on the cheeks. The nose is very pointed. The mouth is large with black lips smiling, showing a red interior and teeth. The ears are red with a black rim. There is a black square outline with two white triangles and two red triangles, with a black circle above and below decorating the space in front of each ear.