Were-jaguar Mask, Boruca village
This used ethnographic mask – a powerful design depicting a stone effigy spirit. For the ancestors of the Brunka tribe stone statuary was a mejor feature of their material culture (also note the gold fittings about the visage – their ancestors were famous goldsmiths). This mask was worn during the 2019-2020 tribal ceremonial event – Danza de los Diablitos – in the village of Boruca, Costa Rica. The Danza de los Diablitos is annually celebrated in the two principal Brunka tribal communities of Boruca and Rey Curré villages.
Unique wall art that cannot be ignored, this stunning piece, carved from balsa wood and painted, actually represents, in the coreography of the danza, the Brunka people themselves. Once strapped over the jugador‘s face a true transformation indeed emerges through this personage making for an impressive presence. Photo-documentation of this piece being worn in the annual danza accompanies this mask.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 8 1/4″ x 19″ (21 x 48.5 cm)
- Artist: R. Gonzalez L.