Indigenous Masks in Miniature
Brunka masks, such as this, are smaller, stylized versions of their traditional, hand-carved diablo indigenous masks used by the Brunka, a Costa Rican tribe of the country’s southern Pacific zone. These masks are worn to represent themselves – the defending Native population – in their centuries-old Danza de los Diablitos, an annual ceremony whereby the antagonist represents the invading Spanish.
This particular mask art piece features classic diablo designs scaled down to the size of a smaller maquette of one that would be worn by a ceremonial participant (hand carved local balsa wood). This piece features striking tones, animal skin surface designs, and fine line work alluding to shamanic energy. With the impact of a typical Brunka tribal mask expression, coupled with the details in this hand painted mask, it is a piece that will not disappoint.
- Tribe: Brunka
- Size: 5″ X 6″ (19 X cm)
- Artist: Edixon Mora L.