200338 - Large Old African Grany Door - Wood - Tribal Used African - Dogon - Mali

200338 - Large Old African Grany Door - Wood - Tribal Used African - Dogon - Mali
2nd half 20th century

Mali: Large Rare and old Tribal used African Dogon Door.
Height: 55 cm x 40 cm.

Doors like these protected the window-like opening into each family's grain storage building, and used a simple sliding door lock. Primordial beings, ancestors, Kanaga masks, sun lizards and scenes of life symbolically served to protect the entrance by making it sacrosanct. The low reliefs are carved on several panels, held together by iron staples.

The 400,000 Dogon live 180 miles south of Timbuktu on the cliffs of Bandiagara, which dominate the plains for over 150 miles. They speak approximately 120 dialects, many of which are not mutually comprehensible. At first hunters, now on their small fields they cultivate millet, sorghum, wheat, and onion. The millet is stored in high quadrangular granaries around which they build their houses. Because of the difficult approach to these regions and the aridity of the climate, the Dogon have been isolated and hence were able to conserve their ancient religious habits and ways of making the necessary implements, their carvings.

Lot details
200338 - Large Old African Grany Door
Indigenous object name
Tribal Used African
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
2nd half 20th century
Sold with stand
55×0×0 cm
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