This carved and painted balsa wood mask’s design corresponds to the traditional diablo mask-type used by the Brunka tribe to represent themselves in their centuries-old Danza de los Diablitos.celebrated annually in their villages in the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
This striking piece – we’ll call him curly – a baroquely painted demon mask, with its ferocious visage, incorporates harmonious colour tones and intricate detailing featuring various allusions to the sun and ancestral petroglyph forms. This mask is a ‘tour de force’ created by a Brunka mask carver of renown from Boruca village.
- Tribe: Brunka
- Size: 8 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ (22 cm x 34.25 cm)
- Artist: Edixon Mora L.