Tropical Hardwood Brunka Tribal Mask
This diablito, with a comical expression, is a Brunka tribal mask. It is representative of the aboriginal population (in their struggle against the European invader) in the Brunka tribe’s venerable and annually celebrated danza or juego de los diablitos in the southern Pacific coast watershed.
Hand carved in salvaged tropical hardwood (locally called ronron), this mask was carved taking advantage of the lovely patterning of the wood grain, adorned with local grasses and worn during this 3 day event in the Brunka tribal village of Rey Curre, 2019-2020. The mask’s style is reminiscent of an earlier period when the Brunka diablo mask designs were much more elementary.
All of these masks have their original head straps. An important context photo comes with this mask taken during the danza.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 17″ x 18″ (43 cm x 46 cm)
- Artist: J. Rojas