Iguana Skin-covered Mask
This tribal mask (a relatively old piece regarding such worn Brunka tribal masks collected over the years) was worn during the 2000-2001 Boruca village annual three day ceremony, Danza de los Diablitos. This kaísh ‘egua (Brunka word for these masks worn in the Danza) is covered, in certain regions of its surface, with real iguana skin and crest. These ceremonial personages – represented by a diablito (ancestor) – represent the Brunka themselves. In Brunka legend and ancestral cosmology, wild animals prominently figure in their symbolism and design work.
Hand carved from local balsa wood, painted and adorned with reptile skin and unknown mammal fur, these masks are created by a village resident artist of the Brunka tribe, located in southern Costa Rica. A most powerful art piece to enhance any wall art or ceremonial mask collection.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9″ x 17 3/4″ (24 cm x 45 cm)
- Artist: González family