Ecological-Cultural Mask 006


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Feathered Jewels

This particular mask (carved and painted balsa wood) features a natural colour explosion – of feathered jewels, residents of the neo-tropical forest of the southern Pacific Coast watershed of Costa Rica around a solemn, ancestral ‘spirit-visage’ in the lower centre of the compossition. A commonly explored cosmological theme among Brunka artistic expression are the ‘totem’ animals, or naguals, about the visage of an ancestor (shaman/leader).

This Brunka tribal mask carver, resident of Boruca village, achieves a complex composition with a captivating forest biome scene  – the focus ultimately being the arrangement of large local and colourful birds over a rainforest background. It’s as though the human aboriginal face in the centre of the piece had all of the wildlife around it as a headdress.


  • Tribe: Brunka
  • Size & Dimensions: 9″ x 18″ (23cm x 45.5cm)
  • Artist: Bernardo Gonzalez

Additional information

Weight 1.8 kg