Chihongo mask

Late 19th–early 20th century

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, United States

Chokwe masks once used in religious and kingship rituals and in the socialization of youths are now used primarily for entertainment. In the past, the chief wore the male mask, a symbol of wealth and virility, while he collected tribute from the villages.

This bearded Chihongo mask has the lean features and sunken cheeks of a very old man. It is worn with an elaborate feather headdress and a net costume with a broad fiber skirt resembling that worn by Chokwe chiefs.


  • Title: Chihongo mask
  • Date Created: Late 19th–early 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 15 x 18 x 9 in. (38.1 x 45.72 x 22.86 cm)
  • Type: Costume
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5331627/
  • Medium: Wood, basketry, fiber, feathers, tukula, kaolin, and iron
  • culture: Chokwe peoples
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, African Collection Fund

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