Carved from balsa wood and painted, this rich mask composition reveals a complex cosmology belonging to the small, but important Brunka tribe of the southern Pacific coast watershed of Costa Rica. This mask was worn in Boruca village during this three day tribal ceremony. The creativity of these Brunka tribal artists never cease to amaze. In this visually and symbolically packed composition are featured; the typical frightening, or repulsive diablito mask visage, an ancestral human visage (maybe a chieftain, warrior, or shaman), macaw headdress feathers, pre-European gold and stonework and allusions to petroglyphs.
Outstanding creativity and the original head straps are still attached. Ceremonial mask worn in the Danza de los Diablitos of 2020-2021. Important context image of the mask being used accompany this piece.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9″ x 17 1/2”
- Artist: Jesus Gonzalez Morales