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Nok Terracotta Head of a Woman - DA.709
Origin: Nigeria
Circa: 500 BC to 200 AD
Dimensions: 5.7" (14.5cm) high
Collection: African Art
Medium: Terracotta
Condition: Extra Fine

$3,500.00
Location: United States
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The artifacts of the ancient Nok people are among the oldest sculptures found in Africa outside of Egypt. Because their existence was not even know until archaeological expeditions in the 1940’s, almost nothing is known of their customs or culture. However, through recent finds, we can determine the expanse of their civilization and the unity of their artistic style. Although only a fragment, the emphasis of Nok statuary was always on the head, a stylistic tendency still prevalent in black African art. This head is a relic from an ancient civilization; a reminder of how rich and beautiful our common cultural heritage really is. - (DA.709)

 

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