Used Ceremonial Mask 014


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Avian Nagual

The Brunka tribe of Costa Rica are still creating masks – the underlying motifs remaining unchanged for centuries, but the craftsmanship is ever-evolving. This mask was worn in the annual tribal ceremony: the Danza (Juego) de los Diablitos. This particular mask represents the spirit of the flying rainbow bird of the neo-tropical forest: the keel-billed toucan. It was worn during this venerable three day event harassing/battling xamán (the toro, or bull= Europeans). This mask has a strong presence with clear references to the natural realm, but also the realm of this tribe’s ancestral history (the human visage between the goldwork and the bird is a reference to their historic leaders). Carved from local balsa wood.

  • Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
  • Size: 9″x 22” (23 x 56 cm)
  • Artist: Hermes Morales

Additional information

Weight 1.95 kg