Dzunukwa - Wild woman Mask by Alfred Robertson

Dzunukwa - Wild woman Mask by Alfred Robertson

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Wild Woman Mask - Fabulous craftsmanship - small, but excellent!

Measurements: 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 3 1/4" (not incl. the horse hair), 19 x 14 x 9 cm

This amazing Dzunukwa (Wild Woman) Mask is decorated with lots of white horse hair which just adds to the look of the Wild Woman. The face is stained and painted in traditional colors, so rich in expression. It's hand crafted, carved and painted by the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations Master artist ALFRED ROBERTSON, originating from Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia. It's made for wall hanging, hanger already attached. Signed at the back.

Meaning: Dzunukwa (Wild Woman) also Tsonoqua, Tsonokwa, 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. 

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.

 

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About This Artist

Alfred Robertson, Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations, was born 1950 in Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia, Canada. Alfred learned to carve from his father, William Robertson, and has carved with his brother, Sampson Robertson. Alfred carves in...Artist bio and other available works »

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