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Art Information Sheet Nine : The Nok Head In Context

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Jan 14, 2021

Nok art occupies a prominent place in Nigeria’s art because of its history which dates back to the 2nd-5th centuries of the iron age. The product of a culture that appeared in northern Nigeria around 1500 BC and vanished under unknown circumstances around 500 AD, the Nok terracotta Sculptures were first discovered in Taruga, Kaduna by Colonel Dent Young, a tin miner in 1928. Bernard Fagg, an archaeologist, later discovered more sculptures in 1940 and named them “Nok” because of the location where the sculptures were discovered.

To know more about the Nok Sculptures, click on the link below to download the information sheet.

The Nok Head In Context