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This little devil is as full of color as it is of fiery spirit. Artisan Victor Hernandez hand carves this traditional Boruca balsa wood mask with a orange face, green and purple horns, closed eyes with green eyelids, exaggerated eyebrows in yellow and red, an open mouth with large fangs, a lilac chin, and a blue nose. The artisan hand-paints details in a variety of contrasting colors. Brass eyelets and an agave cord are attached to the back for easy hanging.
The Boruca people live in southwestern Costa Rica. Devil masks are part of a centuries-old festival called "The Game of the Devils," honoring the Boruca's fight to defend their land from invading Spaniards. During the festival, the masked actors portray defenders fighting a bull, representing Spain. The bull is a large costume that takes about ten men to maneuver. Victor Hernandez learned the art of Boruca mask carving at the side of his father.