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The Nok civilization was born around 600 BC and mysteriously died out following a famine or epidemic around 250 AD. Agricultural tools and stone axes also appeared, confirming the notion of sedentary farmers living from the production of yams and palm oil. Slag from furnaces later confirmed that they also mastered the techniques of blacksmithing. The first head was discovered in Tsauni in 1943 at a depth of eight meters. It was used as a scarecrow and was then acquired by the mine manager who introduced it to the young archaeologist Bernard Fagg, a civil administrator. One hundred and fifty terracottas from the valley north of the confluence of the Benoué and the Niger River were collected in 1952 for the inauguration of the Jos museum. Some suggest the possibility of descent from Egypt, which could explain the high quality of their terracotta.


Anthropomorphic figure Nok
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African art > Terracotta, jar, amphora, funerary urn > Statue Enough

This African terracotta Nok is from the Guy Mercier collection, consultant for the Solvay group, and passed down from generation to generation. At the beginning of the 20th century, Guy Mercier began to assemble a vast collection of African tribal art. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection is nevertheless derived from Curiosity cabinets which abounded in European capitals during the 1920s. It also comes from prestigious galleries (Paris, Brussels, London, New York)The character stands on a globe pierced at the base. These types of figures are supposed to function as funerary statues, in addition to other little-known uses.
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Nok head in terracotta
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African art > Terracotta, jar, amphora, funerary urn > Nok Head

This Nok head is accompanied by its thermoluminescence test carried out in 1996 by the German laboratory Ralf Kotalla (TL 961155), which confirms a seniority of more or less 2,200 years. Estimated in the auction room between 2,000 and 2,500 euros, this African terracotta comes from the Guy Mercier collection, consultant for the Solvay group, and passed down from generation to generation. At the beginning of the 20th century, Guy Mercier began to collect a vast collection of African tribal art. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection nevertheless comes from \


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