Power of Words
The hybrid ‘eco-diablo’ mask type is a fusion, or hybrid, of the traditionally worn diablo Brunka mask, used in the annually celebrated Danza de los Diablitos, combined with compositional elements borrowed from their natural surroundings and including tropical animals. This evolution and exploration of form slowly came about through an emphasis and play with design elements, seen in certain older diablo masks, of an ‘alter-ego’, or totem animal, featured on the forehead, and/or chin, of the mask.
This fascinating and very well executed piece features a composite of the traditional diablito mask, with an emerging jaguar coming through the open mouth – the power of words – all seamlessly combined in this one fabulous composition. America’s largest feline is a resident of Brunka territory. This tribal artist of renown has achieved such detail in the painting it transcends being a carved wood mask!
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 13 1/2 ″ x 22 1/2″ (35 x 57 cm)
- Artist: Jose Gonzalez L.