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Traditional Diablo Mask 015

Chieftain Protectors

This oversize carved/painted balsa wood mask’s design corresponds to the older traditional diablo mask-type used by the Brunka to represent themselves in their centuries-old Danza de los Diablitos.

This most striking, stacked ceremonial masks composition – chieftain protectors – is a ‘tour de force’ created by a Brunka mask carver of renown.  Two ceremonial mask visages flow seamlessly down from the top and up from the bottom of this headdressed ancestral chieftain.  Featured on the chief are seen ancestral gold accoutrements.

  • Tribe: Boruca (Brunka)
  • Artist: Edixon Mora Lázaro
  • Size: 12″ x 48″ (31 x 122 cm)
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2 Comments

  • Wonderful! Don Ismael the master live forever!!

    • Hey there John! Thanks for the ‘shout out’ for Don Ismael. The truth is is that he really now has dropped off production drastically (I hope this does not bode ill). Usually we get a mask here and there from him (maybe every 2 months), but it’s been a while now and his son Melvin says that he is not doing so hot and certainly not producing. We feel lucky to at least have one piece still in the Namu collection that we got about 2 months ago – it’s Traditional Diablo Mask 011 (painted by his son) if you had not seen it.

      Cheers y viva la sele!
      Conall

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