This is a very fine Old Mbunda Sachihongo masks , which are characterized by their round shape, proportionally exaggerated features, and prominent brow ridge and cheeks. This mask was part of the makishi masquerades which are performed at the end of initiation rites for young boys of the Luvale, Chokwe, Luchazi and Mbunda peoples of Zambia.
This mask measures 18 x 18 inches. The back of the mask shows exstensive field use and wear.
Provenance: Ex. Mark Friedrich Estate, Washington DC * Collected in Situ in Zambia , 1972