102 - Seated thinker with sideburns

Traditional Nok squatting position

This is a very beautiful statue of a man seated on an overturned urn with his arms folded and resting on his knees. The position is typically Nok. On the whole, this statue is quite standard in its classicism. The introverted and pensive air of the subject is particularly interesting. His strong underbite suggests a Katsina Ala influence or origin. The piece is about 2,000 years old and is slightly eroded. The man, in addition to superb sideburns and well defined moustache, is wearing a tambourine-shaped beret, a braided necklace, bracelets on his right arm, a belt, and a plant-like penis guard.

There is a vertical line on his back.

H. 53 cm
Dating : 1,700 to 2,300 years
Private collection (France)

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