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An abstract, 2000-year old sculpture representing what we have named "Sacred Fruit", this piece features a tiny face atop the bulbous fruit mass. It is most likely that this fruit was held in the hand of a larger sculpture in ancient Nigeria; it's condition is remarkable in light of its age, dating between 500 BC and 500 AD. 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.
|Lot ID: 82|
|Low Estimate: $2,500|
|High Estimate: $5,500|
|Next Bid: $1,250|
|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: 9.5'' (24.13 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|
|Further expertise; DeGrunne "The Birth of Art In Africa,", Schadler, "Earth and Ore," Chesi/Merzeder, "The Nok Culture,"|
Published/Archived: “Ancient and Antique African Sculpture” Spring, 2008, (page 9), Archived in the National Museum (Smithsonian Institution Libraries) Archive No. #NB1080.5 .C38 2008, Stanford University Libraries (CA), and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (MO), Ex. Ryann Willis, US, Ex. Pierre Loos, Belgium (certificate included)"
|Provenance: Published/Archived: “Ancient and Antique African Sculpture” Spring, 2008, (page 9), Archived in the National Museum (Smithsonian Institution Libraries) Archive No. #NB1080.5 .C38 2008, Stanford University Libraries (CA), and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (MO), 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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