Stone Jaguar Mask, Boruca, Costa Rica
This remarkable and compelling ceremonial ‘stone jaguar’ mask (hand carved and painted balsa wood) was used in the village of Boruca during the Danza de los Diablitos of 2019-2020.
This mask, known as a diablito mask in Spanish, represents the indigenous population – specifically the Brunka and their warriors who resisted the invasion and subsequent European colonization. The mask itself is a composite of three main elements: a jaguar nagual (alter-ego), and a visage consisting of half human ancestor, half stone statue face (stone statuary and the remarkable stone spheres of the pre-European era were created by the ancestors of this tribe of Costa Rica’s south Pacific watershed).
Context image available of mask being worn in this venerable tribal ceremony.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9″ x 16 1/2″ (23cm x 44.4cm)
- Artist: C. Gonzalez