This used ethnographic mask – a powerful mask design depicting the predator spirit of a respected and venerated local resident – kur`a (jaguar in the Brunka language) – was worn during the 2017-2018 tribal ceremonial event – Danza de los Diablitos – in the village of Boruca, Costa Rica. The Danza de los Diablitos is annually celebrated in the two principal Brunka tribal communities of Boruca and Rey Curré villages.
Unique wall art that caannot be ignored, this stunning piece, carved from balsa wood and painted, actually represents, in the coreography of the danza, the Brunka people themselves through such a sacred animal. Once strapped over the jugador‘s face a true transformation indeed emerges through this personage making for an impressive presence. Photo-documentation of this piece being worn in the annual danza accompanies this mask.