Boruca Mask: Sloth-bound
Carved from balsa wood, this wood 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. The antagonist, the toro (bull), represents the invading Spanish.
These works are created by indigenous Boruca village carvers, and this mask, with an aloof expression, and his ‘third-eye’ open, brings a theatrical face to a complex traditional mask design. The work invested in the finishing of this piece can be appreciated in the multi-zoned painted surface. The carving and painted design were done by mask makers who are, or were, also ceremonial participants in the Danza de lo Diablitos 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″ x 18 1/4″ (23 x 46.5 cm)
- Artist: Sergio Gonzalez Rojas