X2002.33.17 Mask

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Mask
Sachihongo (royal male)
Mbunda peoples
Zambia
Late 19th-20th century
Wood
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

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Description

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.

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