head with large features and wide eyes; hair styled in 4 buns

Head, 1000 BCE-300 CE



Gift of funds from Darwin and Geri Reedyexpand_more  2002.27.16

The refined hairstyle of this delicate head—a fragment of a full figure—has been carefully sculpted into four protruding shapes. The Nok culture, which developed in central Nigeria between 1000 BCE to 300 CE, is one of the oldest civilizations south of the Sahara. Yet very little is known about the Nok people, famed for their terracotta sculptures, or their worldview. In recent years, new ethical and judicial guidelines have been developed to protect Africa’s archaeological patrimony.

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head with large features and wide eyes; hair styled in 4 buns