“Ancestral Gold” – Brunka Tribal Mask
This diablito, an evocative tribal mask, represents the aboriginal population in the Brunka tribe’s venerable and annually celebrated danza or juego de los diablitos in the southern Pacific coast watershed.
Hand carved and painted balsa wood, this piece was worn during the 3 days duration of this venerable ceremony in the Brunka village of Boruca for the Danza de los Diablitos of 2017-2018. The mask’s theme – ancestral gold – combines a typical diablito mask with the top third representing a raptor bird ‘totem’ – a stylized rendering of it in the pre-European idiom (the gold part of this mask is a well-copied replica of a famous gold eagle amulet displayed in the main collection of the Costa Rican Gold Museum). In the heat of “battle” a horn was broken off (this traditional event can get quite rough causing damage to masks, and their wearers, or even shattering them altogether!).
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: 12″ x 20″ (31 cm x 51 cm)
- Artist: Carlos Gomez