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Shops B12 - B20
Metal work is an important part of Nigerian art, history and culture. Nok people of Nigeria who date as far back as the 6th century BC were skilled metalworkers who produced a variety of objects, including tools, weapons, and decorative items, using iron and other metal. Over time, metalworking became an important part of many Nigerian cultures, and different regions developed their own unique styles and techniques. (Shaw, 1957).
Nigerian metalwork can be found in museums and galleries around the world, however you can still buy your own pieces right here in the market.
Mr Abiodun a local resident from Lagos creates his own metalworks as well as sources others from Benin. Growing up his father passed down stories behind traditional metal art works. He explains that the famous Ile-Ife metal sculptures are made of brass and copper alloys, and are cast using a specific waxing method. They depict a range of subjects, including human figures, animals, and mythological creatures. He tells us that most art works are believed to have had important religious purposes amongst traditional worshipers, and were used in many cultural ceremonies or as symbols of social status.
You can find Mr Abiodun in shop B16
This point of interest is part of the tour: Lekki Arts & Craft Market