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Used Ceremonial Mask 031

Stone Spheres

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.)

  • Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
  • Size: 12″x 30” ( 30.5 x 76 cm)
  • Artist: Bryan González
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