This Tsonokwa, or Wild Woman of the Woods mask, was hand-carved by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Erich Glendale. The mask was carved in red cedar, painted in red and black acrylic, and features horsehair for the hair.
The Tsonoqua or Wild Woman of the Woods is a supernatural being. She goes by many names including Tsonoqua, Tsonokwa, Dzunuk’wa, Zuniquwa, Th’owxiya, The Giantess, The Ogress, and Wealth Giver. This being is often considered female, but may be depicted as male or female.
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Including the hair, the mask measures approximately 28 inches or 71 centimeters high, 13 inches or 33 centimeters wide, and 6 inches or 15 centimeters deep. The mask not including the hair measures approximately 11 inches or 28 centimeters high, 7 inches or 18 centimeters wide, and 6 inches or 15 centimeters deep.