Carved and painted balsa wood, this used ceremonial mask was worn in the Danza/Juego de los Diablitos of 2017-2018 in the village of Boruca. The realism acheived in this mask is rather startling!
The diablito, or little devil, mask represents the aboriginal population in the choreography of the danza. A wild animal, an ogre, a spirit-being (like this particular mask), or the visage of an ancestor, can also symbolize the indigenous population in the danza. This botanical entity mask is a homage to the surrounding neo-tropical forest and the teeming life that it contains.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9″ x 25″ (23 x 64 cm)
- Artist: Douglas Leiva