This unique mask speaks of – symbolically – the battles incurred during historical conflicts in the European exploration/colonial period within Brunka territory, as well as the co-mingling of ancestral and modern Brunka values and precepts – this diablito concept mask invokes this conflict – indigenous/European in the figure of the kagbrú (diablito), representing the defending Native population and the samán (the bull), representing the invader/colonizer: protagonist and antagonist in one composition.
The symbolic diablito personage is recreated in the Juego/Danza de los Diablitos. The ‘diablito’ is a lampooned representation of themselves – the aboriginal population – as the “other”, really infra-human, vis a vis the invading Europeans and their perspective towards the aboriginal population and their lifeways. Hand carved and painted in the local, fast-growing balsa wood, this Brunka traditional diablo mask, perfectly suited as carved wood wall art, made by the talented Brunka tribal mask maker, Sergio González of Boruca village in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific zone.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Artist: Sergio Gonzalez R.
- Size: 9 3/4″ x 18″ (24cm x 54cm)