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 mask, a diablito-feline composite, features, in place of a typical diablito visage, it is the mighty jaguar with its ‘nagual’ animals:- butterflies and cusingos (the striking toucanet) instead of the typical demon horns and volutes. A forest background opens up through the feline’s face. Carved with a near-realistic style, this mask is unique in its depiction of the Brunka diablito!
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9″ width x 18″ length ( 23 x 46 cm)
- Artist: Melvin Gonzalez R.