Power Figure: Male (Nkisi) Date: 19th–mid-20th century Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo Culture: Kongo peoples Medium: Wood, pigment, nails, cloth, beads, shells, arrows, leather, nuts, twine Dimensions: H. 23 1/8 x D. 10 1/4 x W. 10 in. (58.8 x 26 x 25.4 cm) Classification: Wood-Sculpture Cllick on link to the Met to read all of the info about this.
Yakut shaman at the beginning of the century. The famous documentary photograph is from Waldemar Jochelson. At the clothing of the shamans (ojun) you can see well the bird-shaped wrought-iron decorations, helpers of the shaman in his ecstatic journeys.