Africa, Nigeria, Nok culture / Head / c. 600 BC-250Africa, Nigeria, Nok culture
c. 600 BC-250

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Creator Nationality: Nok
Creator Active Place: Africa, Nigeria
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Nigeria, Nok culture
Title: Head
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: -60
Creation End Date: 250
Creation Date: c. 600 BC-250
Creation Place: Africa, Nigeria
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: Overall: 38.2cm x 20cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1995.21
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Style or Period: Nok Culture
Context: The Nok culture of central Nigeria initiated sub-Saharan Africa's earliest known sculptural tradition by around 600 BC. Artists modeled coarse-grained clay by hand to produce human and animal effigies of unknown function. This exceptionally well-preserved head probably belonged to a life-size seated figure, posed with knees drawn up and chin resting on a forearm. The artist combined boldly exaggerated proportions with carefully rendered details. These include indentations on the eyelids and brows, scarification on the cheeks, and teeth inside the parted lips.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1995.21
AMICA Library Year: 1998
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