Dzunukwa with Treasure Box and Raven, masterpiece by John Henry Hunt

Dzunukwa with Treasure Box and Raven, masterpiece by John Henry Hunt

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What a masterpiece!!!!

Please have a close look at every image provided to appreciate the details and the many hours the artist spent working on this piece:

Dzunukwa (Wild Woman), holding Treasure box with Raven escaping, stealing the light, Kwakiutl art at the highest level by Indigenous artist John Henry Hunt, a member of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations of Vancouver Island. 

I will be showing the full process involved in the making of this piece, please see images from start to finish. A solid block of wood - and you have to be a true artist to see what can come out of it and actually make it happen. This piece is showing the Dzunukwa (the wild woman, holding the treasure box above it's head, the lid is open and the Raven who is stealing the light is just escaping out of the box. Truly masterfully done and thought through. VERY deep carving lines, close to perfection. 

The box is depicting 2 ravens at the front with the moon in the middle, each side of the box is showing the frog. Hand painted and design Eagle element on the lid, on each side you see the Dzunukwa's hands, hand carved in such clear detail - holding the box. The colors John Henry chose are powerful, very vibrant. This mask hanging on your wall will clearly be a conversation piece - something to be proud to own for generations to come. 

Measurements: 25" tall, 18" wide, 14" deep in total

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. At the end of a Kwakwaka'wakw potlatch ceremony, the host chief comes out bearing a mask of Dzunuḵ̓wa which is called the geekumhl. This is the sign that the ceremony is over. The Raven is known to be the transformer, trickster and creator. In the Kwakwaka'wakw culture the Raven is known as the messenger of the sky and famous for being a somewhat mischievous glutton. He's always out to please himself and to have a good time. He's very adventurous. One of the many legends is telling the story of the Raven, who stole the sun.

Known in legends the raven is the one who released the sun, moon, and stars; discovered man in a clamshell; brought the salmon and the water; and taught man how to fish and hunt.

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$6,780.00 CDN

$5,061.27 USD

About This Artist

John Henry Hunt is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation. He was born in 1974 in Alert Bay, a small fishing community off Vancouver Island, on the Pacific Northwest Coast of British Columbia and takes the powerful...Artist bio and other available works »

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