Annatto Berry Devil
This traditional tribal mask, worn in the Danza/Juego de los Diablitos of 2019-2020 in the village of Boruca, is an annato berry smeared devil – achiote (annatto) berry has been used since ancient times by the Brunka for its intense deep scarlet-orange colour tone.
One ajusted to the wearer’s face, these masks truly transform the wearer’s aspect as the context image attests (made available to the new owner). This worn mask is a vivid, continuing link to the Brunka peoples’ past and their sense of belonging on the land throughout a millenia-long history in the southern Pacific coast watershed. Carved from one, hollowed balsa wood trunk and in the thick of “battle” with Xaman (the bull personage representing the invading European) this mask lost two horns. Several masks can be damaged and even destroyed in the intense melee of these three days of the danza, or juego.
Mask sold with accompanying photo documentation of this piece being used in this traditional tribal event.
- Tribe: Boruca (Brunka)
- Size: 10 1/2″ x 18” (27 x 46cm)
- Artist: Jafet Lazaro