Rainforest Frogs Bouquet
These elaborate, almost narrative ‘ecological/cultural masks are an evolution emerging from the traditional Brunka ceremonial masks. Using the same wood species (balsa wood or tropical cedar) as the worn masks, these fine art pieces are reminiscent of story boards allowing the mask artists to render scenes from local landscapes, flora and fauna of the Brunka tribe’s territory, as well as scenes from their native legends, cosmology and Pre-Hispanic past.
This ‘eco-mask’ features an animated study of colourful residents of Brunka tribal territory in a rainforest frogs bouquet among rainforest foliage and vines, or lianas. An interesting touch is the opening at the back of the piece – a unique Boruca mask art style!
This composition contemplates the grace and beauty of this, a minute, but venerated amphibian – an important animal for the aborignal population of lower Central America. All of the animal communities, plus the human communities, as well as the animals’ spirit caretakers and persisting ancestral spirits, are all intertwined within Brunka territory and are made manifest through these caarved masks and mask arts.
- Size: 9″ x 19 ” (23 x 48.5 cm)
- Material: painted balsa wood
- Artist: Bernardo Gonzalez M.