Nok Culture Fragment of a Figure (Illustration)

Illustration

James Blake Wiener
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published on 16 January 2018
Nok Culture Fragment of a Figure

As a result of erosion and mining, one of the oldest and most sophistcated art-producing cultures known in sub-Saharan Africa came to light in the mid-20th century. Hundreds of hollow figures, heads, and fragments made of coarse clay have been found in three sites near Nok in central Nigeria--an origin enshrined in the art historical name for these objects--and have been scientifically dated from 500 BCE-200 CE. This piece comes from Kaduna State in central Nigeria and is made of terracotta. It dates from 200 BCE-200 CE. (Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, California)


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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, January 16). Nok Culture Fragment of a Figure. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/7935/

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Wiener, James B. "Nok Culture Fragment of a Figure." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 16, 2018. https://www.ancient.eu/image/7935/.

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Wiener, James B. "Nok Culture Fragment of a Figure." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 16 Jan 2018. Web. 16 Jul 2019.

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