Golden Wild Boar
This mask – a golden wild boar– alludes to the transformed durij (shaman) into his alter-ego, the wild boar of mighty endurance and strength, and punisher of those who break tribal taboo regarding correct hunting practices. This design – a diablito mask in Spanish – in the ‘choreography’ of the juego, represents the Brunka people of the southern Pacific Coast watershed of Costa Rica for this venerable, annually celebrated tribal ceremony.
This mask is hand carved in the neo-tropical balsa wood, painted and worn during the 3 days of the danza in Costa Rica’s Boruca village (Danza de los Diablitos).
The Brunka have been carving such masks going back centuries, the faces of which are, at times, frightening, simply grotesque, animal naguals, or infra-human – representing how the non-Christian natives repulsed many of the European newcomers intent on controlling and taming los indios (indians).
Note: valuable context images of this mask being worn in the 2019-20 danza available.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9 1/4″ x 13″ (23.5 x 34 cm)
- Artist: A. Gonzalez