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600 BC-AD 250


Overall: 38.2 x 20 cm (15 1/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1995.21


Although probably a fragment of a nearly life-size male seated figure, this head is remarkably well preserved. The Nok terracottas may have been part of a shrine or temple or were placed on a tomb. The identities of the portrayed figures remain unknown, but the adornments and elaborate hairstyles and headdresses seem to indicate that they represent notables or leaders.

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African Art
African Art
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