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ARGIN HEAD (No. 318)

H: 26,7cm. Painted stoneware. 2nd / 3rd centuries A.D. National Museum, Khartum


This splendid piece has sent into ecstasy all those who maintain that Egyptian civilisation had its origins in Africa. Its resemblance to the statues of the Nok people of Nigeria is undoubted, but it raises more questions than it answers: it is, in fact, an object found on the surface between two Argin tombs by the members of a dig. Its state of preservation seems exceptional for a much-travelled piece. Finally, it in no way corresponds or approaches, neither in terms of style nor configuration, Meroïtic funeral art. Should it be considered a piece coming from afar? The importance of this head, if its age is confirmed, merits further information.


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