|Title||Idoma Currency Forged Iron Nigeria African Art|
|Type of Object||Metalworks, Weapons, (Akika)|
|Country of Origin||Nigeria|
|Approximate Age||Unknown 20th century|
|Dimensions||26.5 -33 inches H. x 6.5 -11 inches at bottom|
|Overall Condition||Good. 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||Rusting surface; see pictures for detail.|
Picture is an example, yours will be very similar. Exact dimensions and surface imperfections will vary.
Idoma Currency (Akika) Forged Iron Nigeria Africa
Additional Information: In the past Akika were used by the Idoma during ceremonies and negotiations for a bride. Iron in whatever form has value and particularly among traditional societies iron had value in that it could be converted into other forms such as a hoe, a spear point or matchete or even a door hinge. So that an Akika carried not only symbolic meaning during bride negotiations but held practical value as well.