This proud chieftain mask was created for the annually celebrated, socio-historic indigenous ceremony, danza/juego de los diablitos, and the mask’s design represents an historic ancestor. It was worn in the Danza de los Diablitos of 2020-2021 in the principal Brunka tribal village of Boruca. Carved from one piece of balsa wood, this mask features the visage of an Brunka leader – a kagbrú – known in Spanish as a diablito (‘little devil’) which symbolically represents the tribe’s ancestral defenders of their territory and lifeways..
The mask symbolizes the Native people in their struggle and resistance post-European contact. Sold with accompanying photo documentation of its use during the traditional tribal event.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 8 3/4” x 18 3/4”
- Artist: Rojas-Gonzalez family