This vibrant Komokwa or Chief of the Undersea World Mask is by Eugene Isaac from the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. It is carved from red cedar and painted in light green, red, yellow, turquoise, black, white and copper acrylic and is finished with cedar bark twine and bark bundles. The mask has rounded eyes, aquatic features, a painted copper shaped frontlet as well as two painted copper ‘ears’ to either side of the mask.
The Komokwa Symbol represents the “Wealthy One” and is the mythical King of the Supernatural Undersea World. He is also called the Copper Maker. The King or Guardian of the Sea is a very powerful and wealthy ruler who lives in a great House made of copper under the sea, filled with food and treasures. It is said that he is the master and protector of the seals and has live sea lions as house posts that guard the entrance.
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The mask is about 13.5 inches or 34 centimeters wide, 20 inches or 51 centimeters long and about 7 inches or 18 centimeters deep. The price includes shipping to the USA and Canada.