The hybrid ‘eco-diablo’ mask type is a fusion, or hybrid, of the traditionally worn diablo Brunka mask, used in the annually celebrated Danza de los Diablitos, combined with compositional elements borrowed from their natural surroundings and including tropical animals. 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.
This fascinating and very well executed piece – “Hidden Identity” – features a composite design creating a ‘transformation mask’ type, anthropologically speaking: a traditional Brunka diablito mask is hiding its esoteric ‘alter-ego’ within – a half jaguar, half puma spirit. This tribal artist of renown has achieved such detail in the painting it transcends being a carved wood mask!
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9″ x 18″
- Artist: Jose Maroto