The hybrid ‘eco-diablo’ mask type is a fusion, or hybrid, of the traditionally worn diablo Brunka mask, used in the annually celebrated Danza de los Diablitos, combined with compositional elements borrowed from their natural surroundings and including tropical animals. This evolution and exploration of form slowly came about through an emphasis and play with design elements, seen in certain older diablo masks, of an ‘alter-ego’, or totem animal, featured on the forehead, and/or chin, of the mask.
This fascinating and very well executed piece features a composite of the traditional diablito mask, fused with a raucus scarlet macaw, the very large morpho butterfly and two cheeky hummingbirds off to one side. A perched motmot bird looks out from the opposite side. All of these animals are often-seen residents of Brunka territory. This tribal artist of renown has acheived such detail in the painting as to render so naturally these birds in their respective poses.