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[usually as modifier] An ancient civilization of northern Nigeria, dated to the 5th–3rd centuries bc. It is characterized by the production of distinctive terracotta figurines and is significant for its development of iron-working.
- ‘Upon entering the dark galleries, one is welcomed by some remarkable exemplars of Nok terracottas and Ife heads on loan from the Nigerian National Museum, Lagos, and the Ife Museum.’
- ‘The earliest known culture in Nigeria was the Nok culture, which existed from about the 6th century BC to the third century AD.’
- ‘The earliest sub-Saharan African work in the collection is a striking Nok terracotta female head and torso, nearly two feet tall.’
- ‘Though ancient itself, the Nok tradition was discovered fairly recently, in the 1930s. Up until then, said Coleman, ‘this very rich culture was simply invisible.’’
- ‘Though museums that have acquired Nok material recently might not have done anything technically illegal, their moral rectitude remains open to question.’
- ‘If I were to inherit a Nok terracotta, though, I'd probably keep it.’
From the name of the site where remains of this culture were found.
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