A rare old Northwest Coast hand carved and painted Kwakiutl figural carving depicting a seated Tsonoqua. In Kwakiutl mythology, She is an ancestor figure 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. This fine carving is beautifully executed from red cedar and is expertly painted in great old pigments of red and black. The carving dates from the early to mid 1900’s and is a nice substantial size with lots of presence. Single figures like this are quite rare. Carved by an unknown master carver most likely from the village of Alert Bay.