Morpho Butterfly Underwing
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, 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 even feature different vignettes 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: kua’kua (butterfly in their language). These large, shimmering and emblematic insects are residents of Brunka territory in the southern Pacific coast watershed of Costa Rica. The particular focus of this piece looks at the morpho butterfly’s wing underside with its recognizable ‘false-eye’ to ward off predators.
- Tribe: Brunka
- Size: 8 3/4″ x 18 3/4″
- Artist: Melvin Gonzalez R.