The Mukenga mask was important to the Kuba people. It was worn in ceremonies only by the king of the Kuba. It represents the Kuba ancestor and culture-hero, Woot.
The Kuba people consider themselves the children of Woot. He is also believed to be the creator of the world.
Woot is also believed to be the original king-leader and founder of the Kuba aristocratic lineage.
The mask is covered with leopard skin, the ruff of a Colobus monkey, and
red parrot feathers. The eyes represent the a chamelleon and the trunk
representst the power of the elephant.