Boruca Mask: Sloth-bound
Carved from balsa wood, this carved and partially painted mask’s exacting design work corresponds to the traditional diablo mask-type used by the Brunka tribe to represent themselves in their centuries-old Danza de los Diablitos with a local resident of the zone embracing the mask visage itself – a sloth – is an incredibly creative and playful rendering of this tribe’s traditional worn mask.The antagonist, xaman – the toro, or bull, in the native Brunka toungue, represents the invading Spanish, the ‘diablitos’ (kagbru rojk in the Brunka tongue), represent the indigenous themselves, millenial residents of the southern Pacific coast watershed.
These works are created by indigenous Boruca village carvers, and this mask unexpectedly brings a theatrical humour about it wrapped by a curious sloth! The carving and painted design were done by mask makers who are, or were, also ceremonial participants in this Danza de lo Diablitos celebrated in the southern Pacific watershed of Costa Rica. This diablo mask would be certainly a stunning addition to any ethnographic/traditional mask collection or as wall art decor.
- Tribe: Brunka
- Size: 9 3/4″ x 18 1/2″ (24.75 x 47 cm)
- Artist: Sergio Gonzalez Rojas