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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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Remarkably, after 2000 years buried in the soil, this finely fired "portrait" head retains nearly the entire original “sleeve” that it had when it was first created, giving the surface its smooth, almost polished look. This head features a very sophisticated design of the coiffure and facial features that (including eyebrows) are very impressive.The Nok civilization of Nigeria, an agricultural and iron-smelting culture, flourished from 1000 B.C. - 600 A.D. Only about 400 Nok terracotta objects, mostly human figures and heads, have been discovered, and their meaning and function can only be speculated. It is believed that they represented ancestors, rulers, or deities, or were pbjects used in healing rituals, served as burial wealth, or served as shrine centerpieces. This elegant "portrait head", with its refined facial features and finely multi-bulb coiffure, fits into the “classic” style of Nok portrait heads. It is believed that these sculptures represented ancestors, rulers, or deities, or were used in healing rituals, served as burial wealth, or served as shrine centerpieces.
|Lot ID: 84|
|Low Estimate: $3,000|
|High Estimate: $5,000|
|Next Bid: $1,500|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: terracotta clay|
|Dimensions: 6'' (15.24 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Nigeria|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Ancient terracotta|
|DeGrunne "The Birth of Art In Africa,", Schadler, "Earth and Ore," Chesi/Merzeder, "The Nok Culture,"|
|Provenance: Ex. Ryann Willis, US, Ex. Pierre Loos, Belgium (certificate included)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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