Ancestral Phantom Chieftain Mask
Carved from local balsa wood and painted – in this case, not a diablo-type diablito mask, but traditional nonetheless: an evocative ancestral phantom chieftain with gold trappings showing rank . As found to be told in so many Native communities all over America, stories and tribal myth tell of such beings that defy explanation and yet still in the 21st century they roam – as reported by many – the forest paths and riverbanks. This diablito mask, an disquieting ancestral spectre, is a homage to such mythically potent and feared entities of the forests and river courses in this tribe’s territory of the south Pacific region of Costa Rica.
Mask worn in several years of the Danza de los Diablitos of 2019-2022 in the village of Boruca.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9″ x 16” (23cm x 41cm)
- Artist: Leiva Morales family