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Forged Iron Water Heater Nigeria African Art

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Title Forged Iron Water Heater Nigeria African
Type of Object Water Heater
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Unknown people
Materials Iron
Approximate Age 19th Century or early 20th century
Dimensions 14.5 inches H. with chain x 3 x 5.5 inches wide
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 rusting surface


Additional Information: There is no doubt that this is an old   forged Iron water heater . Such object s were used to boil water. This was found in Nigeria which is a  prominent center for the production of metal casting in Sub-Saharan Africa.  


Nigeria has a long history of casting works in metal  producing works of great skill and beauty. This tradition and practice continues to the present. Marvelous works in cast in copper alloys are known in central and southern Nigeria from as early as the 7th century found at the extraordinary archaeological site at Igbo Ukwu and reaching to Ife in the 12th century through the kingdom of Benin in the 15th followed by a number other important bronze casting centers that bring us to the present. It is difficult to locate its origin with certainty and can belong even to a contemporary Igbo group but most likely due to size and complexity and detailing of surface design should be considered an historical object dating back hundreds of years.  There is a large body of literature and in the archaeological record detailing the use of finely decorated objects from the early sites at Igbo Ukwu, Ife and Benin as well as the various smaller groups of the larger Niger River region.