Night Raptor 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 aamong the masks, other mask themes are present such as local wildlife as featured in this night raptor mask.
This eevocative used mask, featuring a raptor bird as totem animal, once put on by the wearer, it 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. Valuable photo documentation of this mask being worn in the danza is available.
- Tribe: Boruca (Brunka)
- Size: 18 3/4″ x 10 1/2” (47.5cm x 27cm)
- Artist: W Gonzalez Leiva