Artist Francis Horne, Sr.
Title Tsonokwa [Kwakwaka'wakw Nation]
Media painted wood, abalone and hair mask
Size 31 x 18 x 10 in. / 78.7 x 45.7 x 25.4 cm.
unsigned; artist's name and title on receipt [copy included]; hair measures [55 inches long]
'Often appearing in myth, the Tsonokwa, a complex character in the dancing societies of the southern Kwakiutl, had two forms, the most frequent a female member of a tribe of giant, shaggy, forest inhabitants. Black in colour with bushy, unkempt hair, she has a huge body and head, long pendulous breasts, and up thrust hands. Her rounded lips are pursed to utter the cry, 'Hu hu!'. She has an obsessive hunger for small children whom she tries to lure to her house where she may devour them.' according to paperwork included from the consignor, referenced from Kwakiutl Art, by Audrey Hawthorn, published by University of Washington, 1988
purchased at Eagle Spirit Gallery, Vancouver; proceeds to Athabasca University, from an anonymous donor