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Griffin Gallery Invites You to The Dance of the Devils

While many equate wearing masks with the fun of Halloween, Mardi Gras or Purim, the origins of masks have deeper meaning. The Rickie Report hopes you will attend the Griffin Gallery’s reception on March 13th, as they feature a collection of polychrome wooden Peruvian dance masks.  More details and a sneak peek are in this article.


Griffin Gallery


A collection of Polychrome Wooden Peruvian Dance Masks


Opening Reception

Thursday, March 13, 2014

5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

 Gallery Center608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431




The exhibition continues through April 09, 2014

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.

The Diablada or Danza de los Diablos (Dance of the Devils), is a dance characterized by the mask and devil suit worn by the performers. The origins and sense of patrimonial identity of this dance is a matter of dispute between authorities and historians of Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. While Peruvian and Chilean authorities claim that the dance is proper of tripartite regional identity, Bolivia’s former Culture Minister claims that the dance should solely be considered Bolivian. There is a style of dance proper of Ecuador named Diablada pillareña, and squads of Diablada were founded in other countries such as Argentina, United States, and Austria by residents from Bolivia.
Peruvian Mask

Peruvian Mask

The dance is a mixture of religious theatrical presentations brought from Spain and Andean religious ceremonies such as the Llama llama dance in honor of the Uru god Tiw (protector of mines, lakes, and rivers), and the Aymaran miner’s ritual to Anchanchu (a demon spirit of caves and other isolated places in Bolivia and Perú.) The dance represents the battle between the archangel and the seven deadly sins represented by the devil.
The Diablada was supposedly introduced in 1576 in Juli Peru to the native Lupakas people located near Lake Titicaca in the Altiplano of present-day Puno, Peru; and from there it allegedly spread to other parts of the Spanish domain in the Americas.
Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art is located at Gallery Center608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431. For more information please call 561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855  or email


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