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Ecological-Diablo Masks 001

Viper and Frog Brunka Mask

The hybrid ‘eco-diablo’ mask type is a fusion, or hybrid, of the traditionally worn diablo mask, used in the annually celebrated Danza de los Diablitos, combined with compositional elements borrowed from their natural surroundings. 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. The concept of  ‘alter-ego’, transformation, or ‘shape-shifting’, is a prevalent theme seen in the masks worn in the danza.

This particular Brunka mask, carved in a gorgeous cut of tropical cedar, features an ancestral visage with the ‘nagual’ animals: viper and frog forming his chin carved with a near-realistic style relief work in local tropical cedar wood (salvaged piece).

  • Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
  • Size: 8 1/2″ width x 15.5″ length ( 22 x 39.5 cm)
  • Artist: Ismael Gonzalez Jr.
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