Brunka masks, such as this, are smaller, stylized versions of their traditional, hand-carved diablo indigenous masks used by the Brunka, a Costa Rican tribe of the country’s southern Pacific zone. These masks are worn to represent themselves in their centuries-old Danza de los Diablitos – an annual ceremony whereby the antagonist represents the invading Spanish.
This particular miniature mask features a classic diablo designs packed into the space of this length of hand carved native balsa wood; featuring striking tones (including an alusion to their ancestyral goldwork) and line work alluding to shamanic energy. With exaggerated horns and typical expression, the details in this hand painted mask will not disappoint. Hung on a wall in groupings makes for an interesting decorative statement. Great start for a collection of indigenous masks.