Female Nok head
Nokhead fragments were once part of entire bodies and are the most renowned objects within the corpus known to date. These objects are so highly varied that it is likely they were modeledindividually rather than cast from molds. The heads of Nokterracottasare invariably proportionally large relative to the bodies, and while not enough is known of Nokculture to explain this apparent imbalance, it is interesting to note that a similar emphasis of the head in later African art traditions often signifies respect for intelligence.
Beautiful portrait of a noble female. Mainly intact except for a minor crack between the eyes and on the nose.
Comes with a base.
Nigeria, 500 BC –300 AC
Terracotta, H. 27 cm
Provenance: Brussels private collection
T.L.C. dated by Re.S.Artes