Nok Tribe of Africa - African People and Tribes
Location: Central Nigeria, Africa
History: Some of the earliest
examples of sophisticated sculpture in sub-Saharan Africa come from the
Nok culture. We do not know what the people called themselves, so the culture
was named after the town of Nok where the first object was found. The fired
clay or terracotta sculptures range in size from small pendant to life-size
figures. Nok is an iron age culture that has been dated between 900 B.C.
and 200 A.D. Archaeological artefacts have been found in Nigeria, primarily
to the north of the Niger-Benue River confluence and below the Jos escarpment.
According to some accounts, based on artistic similarities between early
Yoruba art forms and Nok forms, there may be connections between Nok culture
and contemporary Yoruba peoples.
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Professor of the History of Art
The University of Iowa
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