This carved wall mask’s composition celebrates the tiny and intense world of these industrious residents – leaf-cutter ants – of the forests of lower Central America, combined with the cosmology of the aboriginal shaman. This Brunka tribal ‘eco-mask’ is an exposé of the local flora and fauna of this Costa Rican tribe’s territory combining with the visage of an ancestor – the duríj (shaman in the Brunka language) – nestled amongst varied tropical flora.
Elaborate and almost narrative ecological themed cultural masks such as this are an evolution emerging from the traditional Brunka ceremonial masks. Typically carved from balsa wood and tropical cedar, these decorative masks are reminiscent of story boards allowing the mask artists to render scenes of the landscapes, flora and fauna of the tribe’s territory, as well as scenes from their native legends, cosmology and pre-Columbian past.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Artist: G. Morales Delgado
- Size: 9 1/2″ x 18 3/4″ (24.25 x 48 cm)