Primitive Brunka Tribal Mask
This diablito, an evocative, primitive tribal mask, is representative of the aboriginal population (in their struggle against the European invader) in the Brunka tribe’s venerable and annually celebrated danza or juego de los diablitos in the southern Pacific coast watershed.
Hand carved balsa wood, this mask was left rough hewn on purpose (created with a machete) and worn during the important first act – called the nacimiento (the ‘birth’ of the diablitos at midnight on Dec. 30) – of this 3 day event in the Brunka tribal village of Rey Curre, 2018-2019. The mask’s style is reminiscent of an earlier period when the Brunka diablo mask designs were much more elementary. Masks worn during the nacimiento are not painted or pigmented, but left natural as per tradition.
All of these masks have their original head straps. An important context photo comes with this mask taken during the danza.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 8″ x 15″ (20.5 cm x 38 cm)
- Artist: Marlon Mavisca