Carved from balsa wood (besides the sphere itself, actually painted styrofoam!) and used during this three day ceremony. The creativity of these Brunka tribal artists never cease to amaze – from animal parts to found objects they cleverly adorn their carved wood masks.
This venerable ceremonial (Danza de los Diablitos) mask depicts pre-Hispanic stone sculpture: an ancestral healer – a duríj (in their language) – and a kan basát (the famous stone spheres of southern Costa Rica) are fashioned into a wearable ceremonial mask from the tribal village of Boruca. Outstanding creativity and the original head straps are still attached.
As a ceremonial mask worn in the Danza de los Diablitos of 2015-2016, we are able to add the photo documentation of the piece being worn.
(Note: One will notice from the context photo that in battle with the antagonist bull, this mask lost a sphere! This is of course is part of the ‘cachet’ of these used masks – the authenticity of “battle scars” from the ceremony that many feature.)