Carved and painted balsa wood, this used ceremonial mask was worn in the Danza/Juego de los Diablitos of 2018-2019 in the village of Boruca. The realism acheived in this mask is rather startling!
The diablito, or little devil, mask represents the aboriginal population in the choreography of the danza. A wild animal, an ogre, a spirit-being, or the visage of an ancestor, can also symbolize the indigenous population in the danza. This coatimundi totem mask is a homage to the surrounding neo-tropical forest and the teeming life that it contains. Cleverly incorporated in this mask composition is also a Native warrior head peering out from one side of the mask!
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9″ x 18″ (23 x 46 cm)
- Artist: Adrian Delgado