Some of these guys work very hard at getting the look and some of them are downright spooky when they are in full dress. Yes that is a feather through his nose and it is real. I have seen many with this adornment. While obviously not for everyone it makes for a very striking appearance if that is what you desire. I like the strong colors, the black and red on the face gives a haunting look. It would have been very interesting to say the least to have lived in those times that these individuals would have been among the colonists in daily life. I will post some more of these as time goes by as I find them very interesting. This painting is 6x8 inches and available for purchase. It is priced at $125 and will not ship until dry and varnished which will be 4-6 weeks.