||Some of the earliest examples of sophisticated sculpture in
sub-Saharan Africa come from the Nok culture. We do not know what the
people called themselves, so the culture was named after the town of
Nok where the first object was found. The fired clay or terracotta
sculptures range in size from small pendant to life-size figures. Nok is
an iron age culture that has been dated between 900 B.C. and 200 A.D.
Archaelogical artifacts have been found in Nigeria, primarily to the north
of the Niger-Benue River confluence and below the Jos escarpment.
According to some accounts, based on artistic similarities between early
Yoruba art forms and Nok forms, there may be connections between Nok
culture and contemporary Yoruba peoples.|