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Used Ceremonial Mask 012

Wild Boar

This used ethnographic mask – a powerful mask design depicting a local resident – the wild boar – was worn during the 2016-2017 tribal ceremonial event – Danza de los Diablitos – in the village of Boruca, Costa Rica. The Danza de los Diablitos is annually celebrated in the two principal Brunka tribal communities of Boruca and Rey Curré villages.

Unique wall art, this impactful piece, carved from balsa wood and painted, actually represents the Brunka people themselves through such a hardy animal – the respected siník (boar in Brunkájc, their language). Once strapped over the jugador‘s face a true transformation indeed emerges through this personage making for an impressive presence. Photo-documentation of this piece being worn in the annual danza accompanies this mask.


  • Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
  • Size: 9 1/2″ x 17″ (24  x 43.25 cm)
  • Artist: Pepe Leiva

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