Small wooden doors are used by the Bambara 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 of the availability of modern padlocks and the demand for old wooden locks and doors on the Western art market, these objects are becoming increasingly rare in the villages. Because large pieces of suitably hard wood are difficult to find in the dry Sudan, most Bambara doors are made of two broad planks joined by metal staples..

Bambara, Mali, Africa
wood and iron, 44 x 40 cm

Price:  €  175,-