Carved from balsa wood and featuring elements from a famous Pre-Hispanic gold ornament seen in the Costa Rica Gold Museum in the capital city San José. This ancient gold amulet features a transforming duríj (shaman in the Brunka language) into his feline ‘alter-ego’. Many tribal legends and myths deal with this phenomenon – a direct connection to their Pre-European contact cosmologies. The Brunka are aware of who they are and of their glorious pre-contact civilization – an awareness that is becoming increasingly evident in their creative output.
Mask worn in the Danza de los Diablitos of 2013-2014 in the village of Brunka. Comes with valuable context image of this mask being worn in the ceremony.