This carved wood diablo mask’s design corresponds to the traditional diablo mask-type used by the Brunka to represent themselves in their centuries-old Danza de los Diablitos. The antagonist, the toro (bull), represents the invading Spanish.
Invoking an esoteric notion, shapeshifting, this particularly complex, double-visage, mask is a replica of one actually worn during this 3 day, venerable tribal event. , Hermes Morales (mask signed by the artist) has created an emblematic traditional mask – in the typical Boruca village style – recreating one of his favourites that he has worn in the danza/juego de diablitos.
This diablo mask is typical of many of the painted (balsa) wood masks used in the Danza; expressions in these masks can range from exaggeratedly aggressive to serene and contemplative. Unique wall art decor for home or business.
- Tribe: Brunka
- Size: 14″ x 21 1/2″ (35 x 54.5cm)
- Artist: Hermes Morales M.