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Terra Cotta Male Nok Head, 1500 BCE-500 CE

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Start price: $700

Estimated price: $1,500 - $2,500

Buyer's premium: 25%

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West Africa, Nigeria, Nok Village / Religion, Nok head fragment made from terra cotta, portrayed with flared nostrils, and an open mouth suggesting the deep inspiration and exhalation associated with meditation. He appears to be wearing a helmet or headdress with a chin strap. Size 6 3/4" H on included custom stand, head 5" H

Nok figures and the discovery of the culture circa 1928 has indicated the remains of the Nok civilization / religion once span a large area of Nigeria, Niger, and portions of Eastern Benin. The figures are marked by a style of elongated faces with horizontal triangular eyes and often depict warriors or important figures. The terracotta when in great condition exhibits a smooth slip and when worn the shell or white specks become visible in the layers revealed with wear and handling.

Family collection of an esteemed diplomat and ambassador amassed during travel and work circa 1960-1990s in the medical field providing charitable advanced medical care throughout the African continent and internationally.. Family collection of an esteemed diplomat and ambassador amassed during travel and work circa 1960-1990s in the medical field providing charitable advanced medical care throughout the African continent and internationally.

Condition: As-is with losses as shown, stable fissures throughout.