Woman of the Sea (Qaniqilak) Mask by David Knox (danced)
- Nation: Kwakwaka' wakw art, Kwakiutl art, native artists Vancouver Island
- Artist: Knox, David Mungo (Hereditary Chief)
- Type: Mask
Woman of The Sea Mask (3 ft) An absolute stunning piece of fine native
This master piece was designed, handcrafted, hand carved (solid cedar!), hand painted by David Mungo Martin Knox (great grandson of Chief Mungo Martin)
The mask is adorned with lots of cedar bark - decorated with copper - incredible expression. Please have a close look at the images, you will recognize absolutely superb craftsmanship by David, lots of details and very clean painting - David paid so much attention to details - sea hedgehogs on each shoulder, copper in fins and forehead - absolutely stunning.
Measurements: 3 ft (36") wide, total height: 2 ft (24"), the face itself is 13" x 10" x 8" without the fin - it's a massive piece
Condition: fabulous!! (for safety reasons it will be shipped in 4 parts - very easy to assemble - all screws will be provided)
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.