Jade Jaguar Chief: Ceremonial Mask
This powerful ceremonial mask – a jade jaguar chief – features parts alluding to the Brunka tribe’s esteemed ancestral material: jade. This mask is carved from local balsa wood and adorned with hawk, wild turkey and guan feathers. The now reduced Brunka tribe – natives to Costa Rica’s southern Pacific watershed – have been creating masks for this danza for centuries. Unique wall art for mask/ethnographic object collectors. The mask represents one of the defending kágbru rójk – the ‘diablitos’, representing the Brunka people themselves. Background information accompanies these masks.
This used ceremonial mask was part of the traditional tribal event, Danza de los Diablitos of 2018-2019 in the village of Boruca (all-important photo-documentation is included)
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 17″x 28″ (43 x 71cm) – carved mask
- Artist: Emilio Granda Maroto