Throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, people gather around braziers of a variety of styles, to keep warm, heat tea or coffee, or cook food. This is a more recent piece, likely 50 to 80 years old, referred to in it's native Turkish as a Mangal. This can be used for entertaining on your deck or patio by simply placing embers from your Barbecue or fireplace into the coal pot. You can then warm tea or coffee in an Ibrik, cook shish-kabob, or use the coals for keeping your nargile (hookah or water-pipe) lit or add a pinch of bakhoor (incense) if you like. You may also prefer to use it as a very elaborate ice bucket. This unique item measure 33" tall and 20" across at the rim. It weighs 40 pounds packed. It has a wonderful mellow patina, this also has a matching carpet guard with wheels that appear to be added at a later time. Back in the 1970's people used to turn the tops into hanging lamps, and the bottoms into planters. As a result, relatively few complete sets can be found.