Tsonokwa, Wild Woman Mask, by Vern Point, Chehailis Nation
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WILD WOMAN MASK (Tsonokwa) by Vern Point, a member of the Chehailis First Nation
Dzunukwa (Wild Woman) also Tsonoqua, Tsonokwa, is a figure in Kwakwaka'wakw mythology. She is an ancestor of the Namgis clan through her son, Tsilwalagame. She is venerated as a bringer of wealth, but is also greatly feared by children, because she is also known as an ogress who steals children and carries them home in her basket to eat.
Her appearance is that of a naked, black in color, old monster with long pendulous breasts. She is also described as having bedraggled hair. In masks and totem pole images she is shown with bright red pursed lips because she is said to give off the call "Hu!" It is often told to children that the sound of the wind blowing through the cedar trees is actually the call of Dzunuḵ̓wa.
The carving on this piece is really superb. It's a small mask, but very rich in expression. Decorated with black horse hair, painted in full in black with red, very powerful. It's an older piece, dated 2003, but in excellent condition
Measurments: 9" x 6 1/2" x 4" (23 x 16.5 x 10 cm)