Used Ceremonial Mask 007


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Jaguar Transformation

 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 jaguar transformation, 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)

Additional information

Weight 1.8 kg