Katsina, Northern Nigeria, 600-100 BC (TL tested)
Height : 18 cm
Provenance : Private collection, Brussels
While most terracottas found in the region of Katsina are a bit crude and often heavily damaged, this superb head stands out as a masterpiece of the genre. The rounded shape head is perfectly balanced and the deep facial features are modeled with great sensitivity. The state of conservation of the sculpture and the slip are also exceptional, without any restoration but only very minimal losses on a few knobs on top of the headgear.