AN OLD DOGON GRANERY DOOR

Provenance: Sammlung Ernst Heinrich, Stuttgart

Small wooden doors are used by the Dogon and other groups in the Western Sudan on mud brick granaries in which each family’s supply of millet is stored during the long dry season. In the past, these doors were secured by carved wooden locks.Because large pieces of suitably hard wood are difficult to find in the dry Sudan, most Dogon doors are made of two broad planks joined by metal staples. This door is decorated with eleven female figures, a Kanaga mask and a carved wooden lock.

Dogon people, Mali, Africa
Wood and iron, 51 x 93 cm

Price: on request