This is a cultural mask of the Brunka tribe worn in their annual ceremonial event: Danza de los Diablitos (in the village of Rey Curre 2019-2020). Representing a Brunka ancestor, this powerful piece – a jaguar transformation – represents the defending autochtonous population against the invading European/colonial forces. Notions of ‘shape shifting’, very clearly featured in this piece, are still extant in the beliefs of the Brunka and many other indigenous groups on the isthmus.
Carved from a segment of local balsa wood and painted, this used, or ‘danced’, diablito mask was worn during the full duration of this 3 day ceremony, still featuring the head straps. Valuable context image accompanies this piece.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Artist: A. Rojas
- Size: 11″ x 17 1/2″ (28cm x 45cm)