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Nok Culture -Found in North central Nigeria off the edge of the Jos Plateau The oldest known example of terracotta sculpture in Africa south of the Sahara Dates from 3000-1000 Before the Present (1000 BC- 1000 AD) -wide diversity of subject matter

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Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

  • Nok Culture

  • -Found in North central Nigeria off the edge of the Jos Plateau

  • The oldest known example of terracotta sculpture in Africa south of the Sahara

  • Dates from 3000-1000 Before the Present (1000 BC- 1000 AD)

  • -wide diversity of subject matter

  • With considerable variation in style, treatment and scale

  • Highly skilled in the creation of full-length human figures

  • -well organized social, political and religious structures

  • Art depicting images of dignitaries: rulers, priests and heroes

  • Iron working culture

  • With fragments of iron and beads recovered from furnaces


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Style Elements

-elaborate coiffure

Cylindrical heads

Pierced eyes, nose, mouth, and ears

Semi-circular/triangular eyes and lids

Ears set back, often low and small

Flared nostrils


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Map of Nigeria depicting the various ancient cultures


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Head,

2500-800 BP

(500BC-200AD)

Terracotta


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Jemaa Head,

Nok

2500 BP(500BC)

Terracotta


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Figure of a warrior,

Nok,

Terracotta,

n/d


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Composite of man/bird

a.k.a birdman

Terracotta

Nok

1750BP(250AD)


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Janus faced statuette

Nok

Terracotta,

n/d


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Crouching Pendant Statue,

Nok

Terraccotta

2250 BP(250BC)


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Coiled snake, Nok, Terracotta, n/d


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Titled Male Figure

Nok,

Terracotta

2450BP(450BC)


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Female pillar statue,

Nok

Terracotta

2150BP(150BC)


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Animal Imagery in the Nok corpus


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Composite of man/bird

a.k.a birdman

Terracotta

Nok

1750BP(250AD)


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Catfish or serpent, Nok, terracotta, 2300BP


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Elephant, Nok, Terracotta, 2050BP


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Elephanthead,

Nok,

Terracotta,

2500BP


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Bust of a man with mudfish,

Nok,

Terracotta,

2250BP


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Composite of man-leopard bust

Nok,

Terracotta,

2250 BP


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Torso of a Lion Cub,

Nok,

Terracotta,

2400 BP


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Statue on bended knee with Elephant and Feline,

Nok, Terracotta,

2350 BP


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Seated Statue Holding a Feline,

Nok,

Terracotta,

2150 BP


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Inland Niger Delta:

Djenne, Mali

700-500 BP

(13th-15th century)


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Map of West Africa depicting the major culture areas


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Style Elements:

The figurative sculptures have generalized rounded forms;

Heads are flattened elongated shapes that are tilted upward with

Bulging eyes and everted lips;

Some of the figures are clothed, with elaborate decorative patterns

and body art sometimes rendered in color

They exhibit a broad range of iconographic themes and subject matter

Including, maternity figures, equestrians, hunters, warriors and female figures

Depicted standing, seating, reclining or mounted on horseback

Other zoomorphic imagery include snakes, with or without humans

Connected with religious symbolism and agrarian and human fertility.

Some of the imagery might have represented legendary heroes,

and founding ancestors


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Seated figure,

Djenne, Mali

Terracotta,

h.44.3cm


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Archer figure,

Djenne, Mali

Terracotta,

h.61 cm (24 3/8 in.)


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Horse and rider,

Djenne, Mali

Terracotta

H 44x17x30 cm


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Bearded figure,

Djenne, Mali

Terracotta,

h. 38.1 cm


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Kneeling figure with snake,

Djenne, Mali

Terracotta,

h.57 cm


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Figure,

Djenne, Mali

Terracotta,

h.29.5 cm


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Pair of figures,

Bankoni, Mali

Terracotta

h. 33.8 cm


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Three pots, Bankoni, Mali terracotta, 54x22x22 cm


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Ritual pot,

Djenne, Mali

terracotta


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Ritual pot,

Djenne, Mali,

terracotta


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Ritual pot,

Djenne, Mali,

terracotta


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Standing figure,

Djenne, Mali

Bronze,

h.24 cm


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Male figure,

Djenne, Mali

Iron, bronze

h. 49.5 cm


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Royal ornament,

Djenne, Mali

Copper, brass

h.11.4 cm


Nok culture found in north central nigeria off the edge of the jos plateau

Crest Mask,

Chiwara,

Bamana, Mali

Wood,

20th century


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