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Sculpted objects

Terracotta human head, Nok culture, Nigeria, ca. 900 – 300 BC, 21 x 16.5 x 14.6 cm

Terracotta human head, Nok culture, Nigeria, ca. 900 – 300 BC, 21 x 16.5 x 14.6 cm

© Yale University Art Gallery, USA
Terracotta male figure (fragment), Sokoto culture, Nigeria, 500 BC – 200 AD, 46.4 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm

Terracotta male figure (fragment), Sokoto culture, Nigeria, 500 BC – 200 AD, 46.4 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm

© Yale University Art Gallery, USA
Terracotta Owo oba (king) figure (fragment), Igbolaja (Ondo State), 15th c. AD, H 25 cm

Terracotta Owo oba (king) figure (fragment), Igbolaja (Ondo State), 15th c. AD, H 25 cm

© National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria
Clay M’ma statuette covered with plant tar representing a figure with raised arms and elongated eyes, Agni and Akan peoples, 17th c. AD, 35.5 x 19 x 19.5 cm

Clay M’ma statuette covered with plant tar representing a figure with raised arms and elongated eyes, Agni and Akan peoples, 17th c. AD, 35.5 x 19 x 19.5 cm

© Musée des Civilisations de Côte d’Ivoire / Alecian Frédéric Djamel
Stone Akwanashi (monoliths), Bakor people, Ikom (Cross River region), AD 200, H 113 and H 174 cm.

Stone Akwanashi (monoliths), Bakor people, Ikom (Cross River region), AD 200, H 113 and H 174 cm.

© National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria
Laterite Taha (sculpted head) with flat top, nose and mouth sculpted in relief, Gohitafla, pre-17th c. AD, 26.5 x Ø 19 cm

Laterite Taha (sculpted head) with flat top, nose and mouth sculpted in relief, Gohitafla, pre-17th c. AD, 26.5 x Ø 19 cm

© Musée des Civilisations de Côte d’Ivoire / Alecian Frédéric Djamel
Soapstone Esie statue of a seated human figure, Igbomina (Kwara State), 19th c. AD, H 75.5 cm

Soapstone Esie statue of a seated human figure, Igbomina (Kwara State), 19th c. AD, H 75.5 cm

© National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria
Brass Ife head, Wumunije (Osun State), 14th – early 15th c. AD, H 24 cm

Brass Ife head, Wumunije (Osun State), 14th – early 15th c. AD, H 24 cm

© National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria
Brass plaque depicting an oba (king) with attendants, Edo people, Kingdom of Benin - Nigeria, 16th c. AD, 43.5 x 41 x 10.7 cm

Brass plaque depicting an oba (king) with attendants, Edo people, Kingdom of Benin - Nigeria, 16th c. AD, 43.5 x 41 x 10.7 cm

© The Trustees of the British Museum, UK
Brass commemorative head of an oba (king), 18th – 19th c. AD, H 40.5 cm

Brass commemorative head of an oba (king), 18th – 19th c. AD, H 40.5 cm

© National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria

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Material
Terracotta | Clay | Stone | Metals
Type
Statues | Sculptures | Religious and ceremonial objects
Details
Terracotta, clay, stone, metal. Monoliths, plaques, statues and statuettes. Standing or seated figures. | Possible traces of patina or paint. Round or oval heads, often large compared to the rest of the body. Prominent eyebrows. Well-defined, sometimes open, mouths. Large ears. Ringed necks.  |  | Bearded men. Women with smooth or sculpted hair, with chignons or braids. Arms extended alongside the body, bent or folded across the chest. Drooping breasts. Scarified body. Prominent navel. May be wearing jewellery or accessories, sometimes sculpted on the material itself.
Red List
Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk
Countries
Benin | Burkina Faso | Côte d'Ivoire | Guinea-Bissau | Niger | Nigeria | Senegal | Togo
Period
900 BC – early 20th century AD