This Giant (Tsonoqua) Mask is by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Jerry Smith. This mask is hand-carved in red cedar, painted in black, red and white acrylic and finished with horsehair, fur and copper earrings.
This is the male form of the Tsonoqua, a giant of forest and high mountain endowed with ferocity, great strength and formidable alertness. The male Tsonoqua is also a wealth bringer and is used in the important ceremony of distribution of coppers by the chief. He may also be present among the warrior-spirit characters in the winter enactments of myth.
Jerry Smith is an artist and carver whose principal medium is wood. He was raised in the culturally vibrant community of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island off the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. Jerry Smith is influenced by Doug Cranmer and Larry Rosso and also assisted Bill Holm restoring a plank house at the Pacific Science Centre in Seattle.
The mask is about 14.5 inches or 36 cm in height, 15.5 inches or 38 cm in width and about 10.5 inches or 17 cm in depth.
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