Fragment of a Head from Nigeria

Illustration

James Blake Wiener
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published on 16 January 2018

This fragment of a head dates to c. 1400 CE and is made of terracotta. It was found near Jukun and is named accordingly. From the 14th-18th century CE, an aggressive empire called Kororofa held power on the Adamawa plateau of northern Nigeria. Each king ruled by divine right and enjoyed absolute power, but only for a period of seven years, after which a new king was chosen and given power. Whether the Jukun peoples who live there today are descended from the warriors of Kororofa is unknown. (Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, California)



About the Author

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 its Communications Director.

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