Carved from balsa wood, painted and worn during the three days of this year’s annual ceremony – this evocative ancestor mask truly transforms the wearer as one shall see looking at the accompanying context images. Featuring a jade-like visage, a gold and feather headdress, and even replicated pre-Hispanic cast gold earrings – a regal sight to behold.
Ultimately, the theme of this tribal mask represents the diablito – the ‘pagan’ Native – a burlesque of how the invading Europeans would have seen the indigenous people.
This mask was worn in the annual Danza de los Diablitos. Galería Namu acquired it after the 2016-2017 ceremony was finished in the village of Boruca, Costa Rica. Ideal for collectors as unique carved wood traditional art.