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Traditional Diablo Mask 019


This unique mask speaks of, on the one hand, the battles incurred during historical conflicts in the European exploration/colonial period within Brunka territory, and on the other hand, the co-mingling of ancestral and modern Brunka values and precepts – this diablito invokes the power of a traditional healer  – geometrics, as seen on local petroglyphs, animal skins and ‘power lines’ and ‘points’  – all making an allusion to the shaman’s realm.

The symbolic diablito personage is recreated in the Juego/Danza de los Diablitos. The ‘diablito’ is a lampooned representation of themselves – the aboriginal population – as the “other”, really infra-human, vis a vis the invading Europeans and their perspective towards the aboriginal population and their lifeways. Hand carved and painted in the local, fast-growing balsa wood, this Brunka traditional diablo mask, perfectly suited as carved wood wall art, made by a talented Brunka tribal mask maker, Leo Mavisca L. of Rey Curre village in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific zone.

  • Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
  • Artist: Leo Mavisca L.
  • Size: 8 3/4″ x 18″ (21cm x 54cm)
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  • Traveller in Costa Rica, I am facinated by the spectacular aspect of the brunka masks. So it is always a pleasure to order this kind of object which will be a gift to a member of my family.

    • We will be happy to take your order for this spectacular mask. As you are outside N. America, you should contact us for billing and shipping information. This mask would cost approximately $42 to ship to France.

  • This is a unique translation of the traditional diablo mask. I would like to see more of this type of stunning mask.

    • Hi Ginny, good to know that you like the Brunka traditional ‘diablito’ masks too. I shall keep you in mind for future pieces (like this one that sold) that we get into Namu. Thanks again and we shall be in touch!


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