Sovereign of the Rivers
This complex ‘ecological-diablo‘ mask – its elements alluding to the respected sovereign of the rivers – the crocoodile – is a conceptual diablito mask (albeit steeped in tradition) conceived of by Brunka mask maker of renown, Melvin Gonzalez. The piece itself symbolizes the aboriginal Brunka people – it is very much a symbol of the tribe itself whose ancestors repected and lived with this mighty reptile, resident of their waterways. This deep connection with their ancestral territory is clearly reflected in the interwining of a traditional kagbru (‘diablito’ in Spanish) mask face with the imposing crocodile. It is carved from balsa wood and then carefully painted.
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: 9 1/4″ x 18 1/2″ (24cm x 47cm)
- Artist: Melvin Gonzalez