Sachihongo (royal male)
Late 19th-20th century
H: 62.5 cm, W: 57.0 cm, D: 26.0 cm (H: 24.6 in, W: 22.4 in, D: 10.2 in)
Museum purchase with funds provided by Jay T. Last. X2002.33.17
Sachihongo masks are the largest of all the wooden masks created by Mbunda peoples and their neighbors. The large eyes, bulging cheeks, and filed teeth are attributes indicative of the power of this male character. Other physical traits of Sachihongo include a crown of feathers (normally attached to the back of the head), which reflects the character’s chiefly origins and supernatural abilities, and a fiber beard.