Power Figures

The spirit was drawn inside of the sculpture by placing medicine ingredients into the box near it's chest. The medicines may also represent the figure's function.
The nails being struck into the figure, represents the person calling upon the power of the figure. During the time these were made, the nail being driven into a piece of medal was symbolic of someone agreeing to an oath in court. This symbolism carries over.
The large eyes are facing upward, toward the spiritual world and the open mouth shows that the figure is talking to the ancestors. 
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