This is a cultural mask of the Brunka tribe worn in their annual ceremonial event: Danza de los Diablitos (in the village of Boruca 2018-2019). Representing a Brunka ancestor, this odd piece, a strange beastie, represents the defending autochtonous population against the invading European/colonial forces.
Carved from a tree trunk segment of local balsa wood and painted, this used, or ‘danced’, diablito mask was worn during the full duration of this 3 day ceremony (over 3 years) and still featuring head straps. The type of fauna this mask represents is rather ambiguous – a mammalian it definitely is! Valuable context image accompanies this piece.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Artist: Alberto Leiva M.
- Size: 11″ x 17 1/2″ (28cm x 45cm)