Very Rare Nok Terracotta Shaman in Bird Costume. TL Test. I-II Century AD.
The Nok Culture of Northern Nigeria, a civilization that existed from approximately 500 B.C. to about 500 A.D., is mostly known for its terracotta figures. Relatively little is known about the purpose of these figures or the civilization that created such extraordinary sculptural representations of its people. A few of the remarkable characteristics that distinguish Nok pieces from terracottas of later cultures in Nigeria include the triangular, pierced eyes; the elaborate coiffure and beard; and the placement of the ears. This work depicts a person of high status or Shaman wearing a bird shaped mask and elaborate beaded jewellery, The Nok Culture existed during the late Pharaonic period and Intra-African trading could have spread Egyptian influences into many other parts of Africa.