This diablito, an evocative tribal mask, represents the aboriginal population in the Brunka tribe’s venerable and annually celebrated danza or juego de los diablitos in the southern Pacific coast watershed.
Hand carved and painted balsa wood, this piece was worn during the 3 days duration of this venerable ceremony in the Brunka village of Boruca for the Danza de los Diablitos of 2016-2017. The mask’s theme – mischevous – is just that: a cheeky-looking face, that, when worn by the wearer, really makes the mask come alive. Mostly natural balsa, plus some regions smeared with natural pigments, and peacock feather adornments. The Brunka will use any feathers to be found to adorn their masks: some wild, some from domesticated fowl, and others from Halloween costume shops!
All of these masks have their original head straps. An important context photo comes with this mask taken during the danza.