Vintage power figure covered with nails, also known as nkisi, from the DR of Congo. Among the various Kongo groups sculpted figures represent elites and royals with a large number serving as power figures that would have magical materials attached. Sometimes, they would be covered with the familiar metal objects beaten into their surfaces which led to their being identified as ‘nail fetishes’. These figures known as nkisi serve magical ends control and direct ambivalent spirits. Other Kongo figures serve to represent ancestors or will function as shrine objects where offerings and prayers are offered to the spirits.12"H by 6' D by 6" W.