This Brunka mask features a mystical view of a respected, local resident: the rugged siník (wild boar). A “wild boar transformation” mask – animal to diablito (Brunka people) – shows the close affinity that Brunka culture, like all aboriginal cultures, traditionally have with their natural surroundings that the connection is seamless. Just like this mask – the two visages come together in one face.
These masks are brought before an unexpecting public by the immensely talented mask makers of the Brunka tribe of Costa Rica. Makes for striking wall art.
The design of these art masks, hand carved and painted from balsa wood, by artists from the Brunka tribe in Costa Rica correspond to the traditional diablo mask-type used by the Brunka in their annual Danza de los Diablitos and are typically fused with local flora-fauna and sometimes traditional cultural elements and motifs.