The Luba mask originates from eastern Songye in Congo. The Luba people live near the Songye tribe and are mostly engaged in farming. They trace their settlement in Congo as far back as late 7th century.
Their masks share a similar characteristic as that of the Songye tribe and are also known as the Kifwebe.
They used the masks for dances, lunar ceremonies or plays as artists hold a special place in the Luba tribe and so do women and children.
Of the several mask types used by the Luba, one of the better known is kifwebe, a mask elaborated with whitened parallel grooves.