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Used Ceremonial Mask 014

Viper Medicine

The Brunka tribe of Costa Rica are still creating masks – the underlying motifs remaining unchanged for centuries, but the craftsmanship is ever-evolving. This mask was worn in the annual tribal ceremony: the Danza (Juego) de los Diablitos. This particular mask represents the spirit of the venomous snake – viper medicine – and it was used during the three day event harassing/battling xamán (the toro, or bull= Europeans). This mask has a strong presence with clear references to the natural realm, but also the realm of ancestral history (the human visage below the snake references their historic leasders). Carved from local balsa wood.

  • Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
  • Size: 11″x 18” (28 x 46.25 cm)
  • Artist: Esteban Morales L.
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