Stack of Defenders: Ceremonial Mask 2017-2018
This spectacular ceremonial Brunka mask was worn by a participant in the tribe’s annual ceremonial, Danza de los Diablitos of 2017-2018 in the village of Boruca (carved and adorned by a mask maker from this village). Often humour and irony is on display among these ka’ish egua (worn ceremonial masks) and the costume ‘Injun’ feathers are no exception.
This powerful mask, carved in balsa wood and painted, is a composition – a stack of defenders – honouring the importance of the diablito figure and his entourage of forest animals as defenders of Brunka lifeways and their ancestral lands.
Once this mask is strapped over the head of the jugador (masked participant), the transformation is complete and makes for a stunning and rather threatening effect – as can be seen in the valuable context image of this mask being worn.
- Artist: Abraham Morales
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 11″ x 28 1/2″ (29 x 73 cm)