This remarkable and complex ceremonial mask (hand carved balsa wood, painted and feather adorned) was used in the village of Boruca during the Danza de los Diablitos of 2018-2019.
This mask, known as a diablito mask (representing the indigenous population – specifically the Brunka warriors who resisted the invasion and subsequent European colonization) is a cosmological mask and features various symbols related to who the Brunka people are and their strengths. Compressed into the one mask composition, emphsizing traditional cultural and the natural habitat that surrounds the Brunka people, one sees references to their ancestors goldsmithing prowess, the shaman’s powers and sway over esoteric matters and the mighty crocodile – a resident reptile of the Brunka tribe’s main water artery – the Terraba River.
Context image available of mask being worn in this venerable tribal ceremony.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 14″ x 26″ (36cm x 66cm)
- Artist: Santiago Lazaro L.