Native Ogre Mask
The masked diablito jugadores (‘demon’ dancers or players in Spanish) have always symbolized the Brunka people themselves in this venerable tribal ceremony – one in which this mask was used during the three day duration of this event in Rey Curre village – an indigenous reservation in the southern Pacific watershed of Costa Rica. Besides the more typical ‘demon’ faces among the masks, other mask themes are present such as local wildlife, human historical/legendary ancestors and fantastical personages such as this native ogre.
This evocative used mask, 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 Rey Curre.
- Tribe: Boruca (Brunka)
- Size: 18″ (46cm)
- Artist: Gonzalez Leiva family