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Sokoto is the name of both a state and its capital, as well as the designation for terracotta sculptures that have been found in the region since the late 20th century. Characterized by a heavy brow, delicate features, and lack of ornate accessories, the Sokoto terracottas seem severe in comparison with those discovered at Nok, a village located near the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers. Separated by a vast distance, the Nok and Sokoto cultures dates from about the same time, between the 5th century BCE and the 3rd century CE, but a relationship between the two remains to be established.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 306.

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