Achiote Jaguar Chief
Hand carved and achiote(annatto)-smeared balsa wood, this tribal mask was worn in the Danza/Juego de los Diablitos of 2019-2020 in the village of Boruca, Costa Rica.
This mask – representing a anthropomorphized jaguar-as-chieftain with a penache of feathers symbolizing rank. This personage actually represents the indigenous population before the invading Spanish – quite simply, it symbolizes the native Brunka themselves.
Achiote(annatto) berries has been used by the Brunka since time immemorial for staining, wowmen´s make-up and in cooking.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 8 1/2″ x 20″ (22 x 51 cm)
- Artist: Gilberto Leiva M.