Carved from balsa wood and adorned with local grasses and painted – within the painted details one sees scenes from this tribal ceremony itself – this strange entity actually represents an ancestor, or ancestral spirit. This mask was worn to symbolize the ‘re-born’ ancestral energy embodied by the Brunka kagbru (‘diablo’ dancer in their language) in the tribe’s venerable Danza de los Diablitos (valuable context images accompany this mask).
The mask was worn in the Danza de los Diablitos of 2018-2019 in the village of Rey Curre and it is accompanied by valuable photo documentation.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 11″ x 28 1/2”
- Artist: Gonzalez family