The Nok Culture: Art in Nigeria 2500 Years Ago

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This publication is the first comprehensive overview of Nok terra cotta sculptures, discovered in an area of modern-day Nigeria known as the cradle of Africa's monumental sculpture. Excavations over the last fifteen years have uncovered many hundred terra cottas and fragments which were central to rites performed in the Nok civilisation 2,500 years ago: the oldest known figurative sculptures south of the Sahara.
About one hundred authenticated Nok figures, the majority published here for the first time, are included in this lavishly illustrated publication, accompanied by two essays that take a closer look at the mysteries of this enigmatic culture.

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Gert Chesi is the founder of the Ethnographical Museum in Schwaz, Austria. The author of many pioneering books on African art and cultural practices, he has lived in Africa for many years. Gerhard Merzeder is a photographer and avid collector of African art.

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