Nigeria and Traditional Nok Art

The Nok people valued the head for its association with knowledge and identity, so in many cases it was much larger proportionately than the torso, as seen here.
Another example of a traditional terra cotta sculpture by the Nok people. The neck of this giraffe highlights the coiling technique.
The Yoruba people were also from Nigeria, and they made similar figurines to their neighbors, the Noks. However, their medium of choice was wood rather than terra cotta.
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