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.