Wild Woman of the Sea by David Mungo Knox
- Artist: Knox, David Mungo (Hereditary Chief)
- Nation: Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) First Nations
- Type: Mask
Absolutely incredible piece of Northwest Coast First Nations Art
Wild Woman of the Sea by the Kwakiulth Master carver David Mungo Knox.
This piece has an incredible presence, very intense expression, vibrant colors, the copper pieces as well as the traditional cedar bark adornment make it even more outstanding.
Measurements: 22" wide, approx. 13.5" tall, 4" deep - the face itself is 8" x 7"
Meaning: Kumugwe or Qaniqilak, Copper Maker or Wealthy one is the spirit of the summer season, is often identified as the sea god, the "Undersea Chief" God of the Land beneath the sea; Kumugwe is associated with tremendous wealth and lives with his wife (the lady of the sea) in an undersea palace made of copper planks guarded by an assortment of sea creatures. It is said that the posts of this house are living sea lions and its doors are giant, snapping mouths, and that within the walls of his palace is hidden great treasure. If a mortal could reach the sea god's palace alive they would return as wealthy and powerful men, for Kumugwe can bestow not only wealth but also magical powers.