Stunning home decor wall art, this songbird protector composition features, as central motif, the ubiquitous notion among the aborignal groups that still adhere to ancestral tradition throughout lower Central America: an animal specie’s ‘steward’, or dueño (“owner”). The mystical protector of this small precious singer of the rainforest understory is lurking, ever present in this mask composition.
This is material culture of the Brunka tribe of Central America. This piece embodies the connectedness of the Brunka to their landscape and living beings living within it. These are ‘eco-diablo masks’ inspired by the carved face masks worn by the Brunka tribe’s traditional masked dancers, or ‘players’, for the annual danza or juego de los diablitos.
Cleverly included in this composition is the rain forest – lush foliage surrounding the two subjects. A carved balsa wood mask as stupendous homage to Brunka culture.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 5 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ (13.5 x 19.75 cm)
- Artist: Esteban Morales L.