Dzunukwa Mask, masterpiece by Randy Stiglitz and Janice Morin - SOLD
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Unbelievable piece of Art - just superb craftsmanship!!!
Fully hand carved masterpiece by First Nations artists Randy Stiglitz and Janice Morin (Coast Salish/Cree). Signed by both artists at the back.
Dzunukwa (Wild Woman) Mask with sculptured/fully hand carved hands,
showing that she is giving off the call "Hui", which is often told to children that the sound of the wind blowing through the cedar trees is actually the call of Dzunukwa. Please have a close look at the carving of the hands - truly exceptional!!! This was so much work and only a master artist can accomplish it. While Randy did most of the carving on this piece, his wife, Janice did the painting - a perfect team. The mask is carved out of bass, decorated with cedar bark rope and black horse hair. The eyes are inlaid with Abalone which really gives it a haunting/mesmerizing look. This truly is a VERY powerful piece - very unique and special. True Indigenous art at it's best. You just don't find this often!!!! Don't miss out on it...
Oh... and did you see the ears?? Again, please have a close look.... the details shown in this piece are just incredible....
Measurements: 16" x 15" x 11"
Meaning: 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. 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.