Diablito-Feline Composite Mask
This hybrid ‘eco-diablo’ mask type is a fusion, or hybrid, of the traditionally worn diablo mask, used in the annually celebrated Danza de los Diablitos, combined with compositional elements borrowed from their natural surroundings. This evolution and exploration of form slowly came about through an emphasis and play with design elements, seen in certain older diablo masks, of an ‘alter-ego’, or totem animal, featured on the forehead, and/or chin, of the mask. The concept of ‘alter-ego’, transformation, or ‘shape-shifting’, is a prevalent theme seen in the masks worn in the danza.
This particular Brunka tribal mask, a diablito-feline composite, features, melded with a typical ceremonial mask visage, the mighty jaguar with its ‘nagual’ animals – frogs, eagle, jaguar and other spirits. Carved with exuberance, this oversize cedar wood piece is relatively old (1999) and had been in the family all this time. It is a powerful rendition of the Brunka diablito mask!
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 10 1/2″ width x 20″ length (27 x 50 cms)
- Artist: Gerald Maroto