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Ancient Nigerian Stone Head

West Africa, Nigeria, Nok or Sokoto, ca. 200 to 500 CE. A roughly-carved granitic stone head, probably made to be placed as a grave marker, boundary marker, or other form of memorial. The carving is dominated by shallowly-cut round eyes and a large, open mouth. Large eyebrows are above the eyes and incised lines form a beard under the mouth. The shape of the item follows the contours of the stone, and the mottled black and brown/cream surface gives the piece an interesting texture. Sculpted heads, especially with large eyes, were a major part of ancient Nigerian artistic output. Size: 5.15" W x 9.35" H (13.1 cm x 23.7 cm)

Condition: Wear to surface commensurate with age.

Provenance: private Omer Claiborne collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, acquired over the last 40 years

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