156 - Head of a young ram

Nok

Another animal statue that shows the richness of our gallery. Again, animal representation is quite rare in the Nok culture. We have here a young ram that is, alas, missing its back portion. The head has quite a strong expression especially considering the techniques and norms of the Nok aesthetic. One gets the feeling that this young animal is quite fit and that it is ready to jump and run around. Was it created as an informal animal or as an emblematic animal? Is it particularly tied to the artist who created it or to the village and its views on nature? It is certain that the Nok were breeders and owners of flocks. This nice bust of a young ram reminds us of that fact.

H. 17 cm
Era and civilization: Nok

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