Used Ceremonial Mask 027


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Life and Death Mask

Elementary, but powerful indigenous art in mask form depicting life and death in a single mask. These masked personages that participate in this venerable ceremony, be they the demon-like diablitos, or certain (usually) predatory animals, all symbolize the Native population before the invading antagonist in this choreography: the bull representing the Spanish.

A relatively old mask, it was worn in the Danza de los Diablitos of 1999-2000 in the village of Boruca, the wearer’s improvised straps still adhere to the mask. The mask excels in both carving as well as dramatic expression, – doubtlessly a powerful presence.

  • Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
  • Size: 8 1/2″ x 17″
  • Artist: Richard Morales D.

Additional information

Weight 1.8 kg