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Yoruba Forged Iron Bell Currency Nigeria Africa

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Title Yoruba Forged Iron Bell Currency Nigeria Africa
Type of Object Bell Currencies
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba or neighbors
Materials iron
Approximate Age Unknown , probably 19th or early 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 5 Inches
Width: 3.75 Inches
Overall Condition Poor. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Rusted, scraped. hole in one surface as shown

Additional Information:  

A forged iron in the form of a bell probably from the Yoruba from Nigeria. In the past, such bells were used as currencies. Such bell are also found among the Ewe an Fon from Benin, and Togo.