Rude Diablito: Ceremonial Mask
This powerful, yet mischievous, used ceremonial mask – a rude diablito – features feathers and a wild expression rudely sticking out his toungue. This mask is carved from local balsa wood and adorned with hawk, macaw, wild turkey and guan feathers. The now reduced Brunka tribe – natives to Costa Rica’s southern Pacific watershed – have been creating such masks for this danza for centuries.
Unique wall art for mask/ethnographic object collectors, The mask represents one of the defending kágbru rójk – the ‘diablitos’ (in Spanish), representing the Brunka people themselves. Background information accompanies these masks.
This used ceremonial mask was part of the traditional tribal event, Danza de los Diablitos of 2018-2019 in the village of Boruca (all-important photo-documentation is included)
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 17″x 28″ (43 x 71cm) – carved mask
- Artist: Esteban Morales L.