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 is a Turksh brazier or mangal. It has very elaborate scrolled foliate legs, and four rings encircling it's belly, with a fluted piecrust rim. It has through the ages become would separated from it's top and coal pot. It make a great planter or table base. This unique item measures 16.5" tall and 18" across at the rim, and weighs 13 pounds before packing.