DANCED huge Wild Woman Mask (Dzunukwa) by Hereditary Chief David Mungo Knox

DANCED huge Wild Woman Mask (Dzunukwa) by Hereditary Chief David Mungo Knox

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This is a very special piece and a treat for every native Art collector - it's very difficult to find these in this size AND danced.... you just don't see them often!!

DANCED Dzunukwa Wild Woman Mask, by hereditary Chief David Mungo Knox from the Kwakwakaw' wakw First Nation

This mask was danced at David Mungo Knox's potlatch in August 2019 in the "Big House" in Fort Rupert, on Vancouver Island, Canada's Pacific Northwest. This exceptional mask is really large, solid cedar - so impressive! David put all his love in the making of this piece. It still has the fur attached as well as black horse hair, which gives it the scary and wild look like it's suppose to have. 

The Dzunukwa, or Wild Woman, 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. Fortunately  she is not the brightest so children are usually able to escape from her basket. 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.

Measurements: 22" x 19" x 12" wood only, not counting the fur

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About This Artist

Hereditary Chief David Mungo Knox is a member of the Kwakiulth First Nations. He is the great-grandson of Chief Mungo Martin and comes from a great line of Hereditary Chiefs, Master carvers and skilled dancers. He started his carving career by...Artist bio and other available works »

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