This is a cultural mask of the Brunka tribe worn in their annual ceremonial event (two years in a ro: the Danza de los Diablitos in the village of Boruca (2017-2018). Representing a Brunka ancestor, this piece represents the defending autochtonous population against the invading European/colonial forces with the help from his two powerful allies: a talisman – shruken head – and a keel-billed toucan.
Carved from balsa wood and painted in certain zones, this used, or ‘danced’, diablito mask was used during the full duration of this 3 day ceremony (over 3 years) and still featuring head straps. Valuable context image accompanies this piece.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Artist: Brian Gonzalez Maroto
- Size: 19″ x 34 1/2″ (48cm x 88cm)