The Kongo occupy the region at the mouth of the Congo River and are present in three countries – the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and the Congo Republic. Numerous subgroups form the vast Kongo cultural complex, among which are the Vili, the Woyo and the Yombe. The Yombe people live on the Lower Zaire River, the region very important in the artistic history of Black Africa. The country that the Yombe inhabit is covered by forest.
The Yombe are artistically prolific people. They share masking traditions with other members of the greater Kongo Kingdom such as the Vili and the Woyo. The striking expressiveness, and great precision is common for the Yombe. The features are carved with great concern for detail. Notice the filed teeth - a form of body beautification as well as unique raised scarification and ear piercing and hair bun.