Beautiful head of a NOK statue, Nigeria, age unkown
Beautiful object! This terra cotta head, a rather complete piece of a larger statue. Nok head. Stylistic characteristics can still be identified. This gives a somewhat mysterious touch to the whole. Tested in a lab... no composite, not glued, material suits its place of origin. Thermo-luminescence testing was omitted, since this would cost at least 280 euros. Therefore, it has no indication of age. It is explicitly priced as a decorative statue. The photos represent the statue well. It is neatly mounted on a double foot.
The Nok culture is an early Iron Age population whose material remains are named after the Ham village of Nok in Kaduna State of Nigeria, where their terracotta sculptures were first discovered in 1928. The Nok Culture appeared in northern Nigeria around 1500 BC and vanished under unknown circumstances around 500 AD, thus having lasted approximately 2,000 years.
Iron use, in smelting and forging tools, appears in Nok culture by at least 550 BC and possibly a few centuries earlier. Data from historical linguistics suggest that iron smelting was independently discovered in the region by 1000 BC. Scientific fieldwork began in 2005 to systematically investigate Nok archaeological sites, and to better understand Nok terracotta sculptures within their Iron Age archaeological context. (source: Wikipedia)
Height: approx. 14.5 cm (19 cm stand included)
Width: 9 cm
Depth: 9 cm
Weight: 1325 grams