Beauty of Nok

Beauty of Nok

This is a young woman from an ancient culture known as the Nok, which dominated the northeastern corner of what is now Nigeria in West Africa between 1000 BC and 500 AD. This culture of iron-working farmers is best known for the large number of terracotta sculptures they produced, which depict human subjects with elaborate coiffures and jewelry. It is possible that the Nok culture was ancestral to the Yoruba people who today constitute around 21% of the Nigerian population.

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