NOK TERRACOTTAS, Nigeria

Tested and Untested

Although we have Nok objects in our inventory, we are faced with the problem of having misplaced the original certificates for those pieces authenticated by Bortolot Daybreak Labs.

Victor Bortolot agreed to furnish duplicate certificates and cashed the check for that service in August, 2010. He has, so far, failed to furnish them in spite of repeated requests to do so.

We do have photocopies of the lost certificates for the authenticated pieces.

 

NOK 2
18" high
$10,000*

NOK 4
13" high
$8,000*

 NOK 51
15" high
$10,000*




NOK 23
10" high
$4000*

 

NOK 24
9" high
$5000*



NOK 25
8" high
$5000*

NOK 26
11" high
$4000*



NOK 27
12" high
$8000*




NOK 29
7.75" high
$4000*



NOK 22
7" high
4000*



NOK 55
9.5" high
$4000



    NOK 54
8.55" high
$3000



NOK 53
9.5" high
$3000




NOK 9
8" high
$2500
 

 

NOK 12
6.5" high
$2000

NOK 13
8.75" high
$2000

 

NOK 14
6" high
$2000
 




 NOK 18
5" high
$1500



  NOK 31
4" high
$1200



  NOK 32
4.5" long
$1500



  NOK 34
4" high
$1500



  NOK 35
6" high
$1500




 NOK 37
3.5" high
$900



NOK 38
3.75" high
$1000



NOK 39
4.5" high
$1500



NOK 40
3" high
$900



 NOK 41
3.75" high
$1000



 
NOK 42
3" high
$800

 

NOK 43
4" high
$900
 



 NOK 44
3.75" high
$900



NOK 16
5.25" high
$1500



 NOK 47
9.25" high
$1500 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

NOK, TERRACOTTAS, Nigeria

The oldest and most impressive group of terracottas in "Africa Unearthed" are the powerful and elegant heads and figures of the Nok. Little is known of the Nok civilization (ca. 500 B.C. - 200 A.D.) The artifacts were discovered in 1943 during mining near the village of Nok (hence the name), in Nigeria. Over the years we have acquired many Nok pieces, varying in size, quality and amount and type of repairs made.

Those marked with an asterisk have been tested by thermoluminescence at Bortolot Daybreak Corp. in Connecticut and have papers documenting their age. The original papers have been lost (misplaced). We have been trying to get new originals from Bortolot with no success yet.  We have photocopies of the originals. All results were "consistent with the suggested date of the object concerned." Katsina and Sokoto pieces, of which we have only a few, are from the same period, even more recently discovered, and also from Nigeria.

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