Indigenous Cultural Mask, Costa Rica
This Brunka cultural mask features a narrative directly related to the personages that participate in their centuries-old danza (o juego) de los diablitos (‘dance’, or ‘game’ of the ‘little devils’). This piece clearly shows the defending kagbru rojc (the diablitos in the Brunka language), as well as one ceremonial participant with his mask up to blow the traditional kambute (marine conch horn used in this ceremony). One can also observe in the composition the antagonist in this cultural event, xaman, the bull figure, representing the European invader. He battles with the diablitos and is finally vanquished in the Brunka version of events. Above xaman ,the bull, is rendered an ancestral stone ball for which Costa Rica is famous archeologically.
These masks are brought before an unexpecting public by the immensely talented mask makers of the Brunka tribe of Costa Rica. Makes for striking wall art.
The design of these art masks, hand carved and painted from balsa wood, by artists from the Brunka tribe in Costa Rica correspond to the traditional diablo mask-type used by the Brunka in their annual Danza de los Diablitos and are typically fused with local flora-fauna and sometimes traditional cultural elements and motifs.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9 3/4″ x 19″ (25 cm x 49″)
- Artist: Santiago Leiva