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Historical Root of Traditional Nigeria

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Nigeria history can be dated back then 500BC when the Nork Art tryed to rule kaduna state from taraba to kastina in banue state.

Radio carbon dates suggest that these art pieces were made about two thousand and five hundred and nineteen years ago. There by making the oldest sculptural representation in Africa. The first authority discovery of this art was the JAMA heads in 1943, during operation.

The sculptural pieces were mainly termacorta (fired clay) which were found in a wide area covering about 500 by 150 kilometers.

The characteristics of this art are as follow, they are  two categories.

  1. The eyes were shaped in form of triangles.
  2. The pupils of the eyes are indicated by holes.
  3. The mouth is always opened or graping.
  4. The body is decorated with beasts break , ankles.
  5. There are also four buns hair style.

The female face are cylinderical shaped while male some are triangler.

Although the act stayed for about 500 Bc-200AD some of the work have survive till date, this is because the art were versed in the knowledge of the chemical properties and reaction of clay who subject to firing.

The body is decorated with beads, neckless and pendant

There are also four buns air style, the female face are cylindrical in shape while the men are some how triangler.

Although the art stayed about 500 BC -200 AD some of the works have survived till date. This is because the  art style were versed in the knowledge of the chemical properties and reactions of day  when subjected to firing.

IFE COURT ART:- The Ife is known in oyo state of Nigeria, it is known as the traditional form of the Yoruba people. This sophisticated art was discovered by a man called LEOFRO BEHINUS in a sacred groove at Ife in 1910 radio carbon test indicated that the ant stayed between 12th and 15th century A.D. The discovered treasures were in tenra-cotla, bronze and stones.

Characteristics Of Life Art:- If art could be described as the most naturalistic sculptures in back Africa the sculptural are mostly portraits head of princes, king and queens, prominent among the characteristics are:

  1. The works have naturalistic representation i.e they look like real human beings.
  2. Detailed facial features can be found in the works.
  3. Some of the heads have headgears this could be probably be the crown of the king..
  4. There are tiny holes along the nair link and moustache line.

Greater number of the Ife art are Tera Cotta throughout this could be similarity. Ife art had with Nork Art for example Nork Art has semi-nationalistic and it’s highly styled but if terracotta are very natural. Ife art was not only terracotta but also in bronze (clust wax method) the people are very good cover in wood and also step stones example of stones carved is the “oraniyan” stone, staff. They also produce mask for festival. Ife art was mainly to glorify their Kings which are known and called “obas” it is also used for decoration of the art .

An example of the bronze head is that of “OBA OON”  of the life obalufon Ife art can be compared to that of groek art in terms of naturalization.

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