This well conceived and intricately carved and painted balsa wood mask’s design corresponds to the traditional diablo mask-type used in Brunka tribal culture to represent themselves in their centuries-old Danza de los Diablitos. The antagonist, the toro (bull), represents the invading Spanish.
This powerful 3-faced mask could represent notions of power centres and the surface work simply brings more mysticsim to the piece – regions of the mask are covered with designs alluding to animal skins and scales, petroglyph marks and shamanic ‘power lines’.
- Tribe: Brunka
- Size: 9 3/4″ x 18 3/4″ (25 x 47.5 cms)
- Artist: Esteban Morales