Rare Nok Terracotta Shaman in Bird Costume, Nigeria, Africa, 300-100 BC For Sale
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Rare Nok Terracotta Shaman in Bird Costume, Nigeria, Africa, 300-100 BC

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The Nok culture of Northern Nigeria, a civilization that existed from approximately 500 BC. To about 500 AD., is mostly known for its terracotta figures. Relatively little is known about the purpose of these figures or the civilization that created such extraordinary sculptural representations of its people. A few of the remarkable characteristics that distinguish Nok pieces from terracottas of later cultures in Nigeria include the triangular, pierced eyes; the elaborate coiffure and beard; and the placement of the ears. This work depicts a person of high status or Shaman wearing a bird shaped mask and elaborate beaded jewelry, The Nok culture existed during the late Pharaonic period and Intra-African trading could have spread Egyptian influences into many other parts of Africa.

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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 14.57 in. x W 5.91 in. x D 5.91 in.H 37 cm x W 15 cm x D 15 cm
  • Seller Location
    San Pedro Garza Garcia, MX
  • Seller Reference Number
    AF-005
  • Reference Number
    LU317239608571
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