Yoruba/afo Currency /forged Iron Shovel Head Nigeria
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Yoruba/afo Currency /forged Iron Shovel Head Nigeria:
TitleYoruba / Afo Currency /Forged Iron Shovel Head NigeriaType of ObjectCurrencyCountry of OriginNigeriaPeopleYoruba, Afo, see also Hausa, Nupe, ChambaMaterialsIronApproximate AgeEarly to mid 20th centuryDimensions 24.5 inches H. x 17.5 Inches W.Overall Conditionpoor. Most ofour 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/RepairRusted surface, some oxidation chips , holes, casting flaws. HEAVY!
Additional Information: Forged Iron 'shovel' currency, sometimes in the form of a hoe, is found throughout the northEastern region of Nigeria and in many other countries throughout the sub-Saharan Africa. Forged out of iron by native smiths these currencies were based upon actual shovel types and could be reforged into other functional objects such as hoes as needed.
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