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SCULPTUREN VAN KLEI EN BRONS / Fragment met koppen en figuren in vlak relief, NOK terracotta 54 x50 x 50 cm Parijs Musee du Quai Branly

SCULPTUREN VAN KLEI EN BRONS / Fragment met koppen en figuren in vlak relief, NOK terracotta 54 x50 x 50 cm Parijs Musee du Quai Branly

Ancient Nok Culture. Named after the area in Nigeria (West Africa), in which artifacts of their culture were first discovered, the Nok civilization flourished within the period 1000 BC - 500 AD.

Ancient Nok Culture. Named after the area in Nigeria (West Africa), in which artifacts of their culture were first discovered, the Nok civilization flourished within the period 1000 BC - 500 AD.

Head, 600 BC-AD 250 Guinea Coast, Nigeria, Nok region, 7th century BC-3rd century AD terracotta, Overall - h:38.20 w:20.00 cm (h:15 w:7 13/16 inches). Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1995.21

Head, 600 BC-AD 250 Guinea Coast, Nigeria, Nok region, 7th century BC-3rd century AD terracotta, Overall - h:38.20 w:20.00 cm (h:15 w:7 13/16 inches). Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1995.21

A series of human head in terra-cotta from the Nok culture, the oldest Iron Age culture of sub-Saharan Africa.

A series of human head in terra-cotta from the Nok culture, the oldest Iron Age culture of sub-Saharan Africa.

The African Iron Age Nok Art Sculptural Tradition is 2500 Years Old: Terracotta Head of Man, Nok Culture 550-50 BC. Kaduna, Nigeria

The African Iron Age Nok Art Sculptural Tradition is 2500 Years Old

The African Iron Age Nok Art Sculptural Tradition is 2500 Years Old: Terracotta Head of Man, Nok Culture 550-50 BC. Kaduna, Nigeria

Title     Head, Jemaa, Nigeria (terracotta) Creator     Iron Age, (5th century BC) Location     Private Collection Medium     terracotta

Title Head, Jemaa, Nigeria (terracotta) Creator Iron Age, (5th century BC) Location Private Collection Medium terracotta

In contrast to the magnificent sculptures, which can be viewed in the catalogs , we find only fragments of which are heavily weathered and always broken. Actually just in one case the fragments fitted together to one complete figure. Beside this exception all figures are fragmented so that an intentional destruction is assumed. What features they had , remains speculative. Regarding this the context of the figures plays an important role!

In contrast to the magnificent sculptures, which can be viewed in the catalogs , we find only fragments of which are heavily weathered and always broken. Actually just in one case the fragments fitted together to one complete figure. Beside this exception all figures are fragmented so that an intentional destruction is assumed. What features they had , remains speculative. Regarding this the context of the figures plays an important role!

Nok Terracotta Figure, Nigeria

Nok Terracotta Figure, Nigeria

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