Boruca Mask: Confused Expression
Carved from balsa wood, this wood mask’s exacting design work corresponds to the traditional diablo mask-type used by the Brunka tribe to represent themselves in their centuries-old Danza de los Diablitos. The antagonist, the toro (bull), represents the invading Spanish.
These works are created by indigenous Boruca village carvers, and this mask, with a confused expression, achieves a complex design through the multi-layered painted surface. The carving and painted design were done by mask makers and artists of the Gonzalez Rojas. This “confused expression” diablo mask is certainly a stunning addition to an ethnographic/traditional mask collection or as wall art decor.
- Tribe: Brunka
- Size: 7 3/4″ x 14 1/2″ (20 x 37cm)
- Artist: Gonzalez-Rojas family