Indigenous Masks in Miniature
Brunka masks, such as this, are smaller, stylized versions of their traditional, hand-carved diablo indigenous masks used by the Brunka, a Costa Rican tribe of the country’s southern Pacific zone. These masks are worn to represent themselves – the defending Native population – in their centuries-old Danza de los Diablitos, an annual ceremony whereby the antagonist represents the invading Spanish.
This particular mask art piece features classic diablo designs packed into the space of this length of hand carved native balsa wood. This piece features striking tones (including depictions of the Brunka ancestors’ finely crafted gold acoutrements) and fine line work alluding to shamanic energy. With the impact of typical Brunka mask expressions, coupled with the details in this hand painted mask, it is a piece that will not disappoint.
- Tribe: Brunka
- Size: 5″ X 19″ (19 X 48cm)
- Artist: Gonzalez-Rojas family