These elaborately painted ‘ecological-cultural masks’ are an evolution emerging from the traditional Brunka ceremonial masks. Carved from the same wood species (balsa wood and tropical cedar) used for the ceremonial masks. at times. At times these conceptual pieces allow these traditional mask artists to render scenes of landscapes, flora and fauna of the tribe’s territory, as well as scenes from their native legends, cosmology and Pre-Columbian past. A variety of these unique wall art masks offer different scenes of their centuries-old, annual ceremony the Danza de los Diablitos.
This particular carved and painted balsa wood mask features a sacred animal for the Brunka: kurá (jaguar/black panther in their language). These mysterious mammals are residents of Brunka territory in the southern Pacific coast watershed of Costa Rica. An allusion to ancestral geometric designs were cleverly incorporated into the pelt of this jaguar.
- Tribe: Brunka
- Size: 7 3/4″ x 10 3/4″
- Artist: Edixon Mora L.