Male Face Mask (Chihongo)

Wood, raffia, burlap, turaco feathers, guinea fowl feathers, and pigment | 73.7 x 48.3cm | Mid–/late 19th century


The Chokwe use masquerades to engage with their ancestors, encouraging them to guide, protect, and educate the living. Chihongo is the male equivalent of the female mwana pwo mask on view nearby. The male mask’s feathered headdress, red coloring, sca...
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