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Used Ceremonial Mask 032

Viper Mask

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.

  • Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
  • Size: 10 1/2″ x 17″ (27 cm x 43.25 cm)
  • Artist: B. González
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