This tribal mask, worn during the 2011-2012 Boruca village annual ceremony, Danza de los Diablitos. This kaísh ‘egua (Brunka word for these masks worn in the Danza) is a viper, but at the same time, it represents a diablito (ancestor) representing the Brunka themselves. In Brunka legend and ancestral cosmology, the snake prominently figures.
Hand carved of balsa wood with a naturalistc rendering of this reptile’s head with an open maw. Hand carved by a village resident of the Brunka tribe, located in southern Costa Rica. A most powerful art piece to enhance any wall art or ceremonial mask collection. Context image accompanies mask.