Bursting with Life
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 including tropical animals resident in Brunka territory such as this mask’s male quetzal in flight, a perched trogon bird, and keel-billed toucan for a chin – a complex composition bursting with life! This cleverly composed ‘eco-diablo’ mask brings together a typical Brunka diablo as the “canvas” supporting all of this wildlife making a true visual medley.
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.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 8 1/2″ x 15″ (21.5 x 38.25 cm)
- Artist: Bernardo González