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Idoma Currency Forged Iron Nigeria African Art

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Title Idoma Currency Forged Iron Nigeria African Art
Type of Object Metalworks, Weapons, (Akika)
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Idoma
Materials Forged iron
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.