This chief bat mask, featuring a bat’s visage with the traditional gold accoutrements of an ancestral Brunka chief (with heron feathers adorning its chin). This mask is hand carved in the tropical balsa wood. Worn during the 3 days of the danza in Costa Rica’s Boruca village for the venerable, annually celebrated Danza de los Diablitos.
The Brunka have been carving diablo masks going back many years the faces of which are, at times, frightening, simply grotesque, or infra-human – representing how the non-Christian Natives repulsed many of the European newcomers intent on controlling and taming los indios (indians). This mask is no exception featuring a slightly disturbing visage -the mysterious and nocturanal bat being anethema for the invaders’ Christian mindset, this mask is even more provocative. Note: valuable context images of this mask being worn in the 2016-17 danza available.