Elementary, but powerful indigenous art in mask-form depicting an ancestor – a strange uncle (carved balsa wood and native grass inserts). These masked personages that participate in this venerable ceremony, be they the demon-like diablitos, atavistic anthropomorphic characters, or certain (usually) predatory animals, all symbolize the Native population before the invading antagonist in this choreography: xaman, the bull, representing the Spanish.
This mask was worn, during the three days of this important tribal event – the Danza de los Diablitos (2020-2021) in the village of Rey Curre – the wearer’s improvised straps still adhere to the mask. This mask excels in both featuring a classic tribal design (harkening back to older times), as well as for its odd, subtle expression,
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 8 1/2″ x 17″
- Artist: Gonzalez Leiva family