This Kifwebe mask was designed and constructed by the Songye People, Bantu Ethnic Group, Democratic Republic of Congo. Kifwebe masks play a central role in Songye society. They symbolize the enactment of control over the social order, and are worn during life changing ceremonies and various cultural rituals. Traditionally, this mask is accompanied by a full body ensemble, which include trousers made of woven tree bark as well as animal skins and furs that cover the upper body.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Catalog. 2021. “Songye People: Mask (Kifwebe).” New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.