King Vulture Chieftain Mask
As the masked diablito jugadores (‘demon’ dancers or players) have always symbolized the Brunka people themselves in this venerable tribal ceremony, this mask is a typical design. Besides demon faces in the masks such are also carved with human ancestral visages, or local fauna (as in this mask). This mask is a homage to the ancient Brunka of the pre-European Diquis civilization renowned for the exellence of craft working in gold smithing, stone sculpture (giant stone spheres), sublime pottery, and monumental statuary.
This spectacular mask, featuring as totem animal, the mystical king vulture, once put on by the wearer, really transforms the jugador (masked ‘player”) into this mythical/historic entity. This tribal mask, was worn as part of the Danza de los Diablitos of 2019-2020 in the village of Boruca. Valuable photo documentation of this mask being worn in the danza is available.
- Tribe: Boruca (Brunka)
- Size: 8 1/2″ x 37” (22 x 94 cm)
- Artist: Juanca Lazaro Leiva