This oversize ‘ecological-diablo‘ mask – titled “Chieftain´s Reign” – is a conceptual diablito mask conceived of by this Brunka mask maker of renown, Edixon Mora L. The piece itself symbolizes the aboriginal Brunka people – it is very much a symbol of the tribe itself, which, in turn, is encrusted with local fauna and adorned with the marvellous gold work of their ancestors. It is carved from balsa wood.
In this sublime amalgam of Native tradition and local fauna, one observes a ‘mosaic’ of typical diablito masks starting at the bottom, and then moving up, the composition starts to weave in local flora and fauna up until the ancestral visage of a powerful chieftain. His headdress is formed by typical ancestral goldwork of the famed Diquis culture that flourished between 1200 CE – European contact.
Such worn masks are still used in this venerable tribal ceremony: la Danza de los Diablitos. Brunka territory is situated in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast watershed.
The Brunka tribal masks are extraordinary wooden wall art pieces – an unexpected uniqueness. A great piece to begin a collection or one to add to.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 12″ x 51 1/2″ (31cm x 131.25cm)
- Artist: Edixon Mora L.