The Zeal

Crowries by Ebiere Orusa

Artist Statement: Cowries wash up to parts of Africa from the Indian Ocean. They are thought to hold power, specifically in African Religion, and they were also used as a form of currency in parts of West Africa many years ago. They are believed to be the mouths of Orishas (Gods). That is mainly due to the shape of their opening and how they mimic teeth. Children of Oshun wear them because they symbolize protection and the power of destiny and prosperity. For women, they represent Goddess protection and strength of the ocean. 


Find more of Ebiere’s work at soulfullyfine


Models: Tobi Egbonwon, Trevor Mugami and Brandon Thompson