A FINE DOGON GRANARY DOOR

Provenance: Ernst Heinrich, Stuttgart

The Dogon are among African cultures that have remained closest to their ancestral traditions. One such tradition is building granaries and houses for grain storage. Doors of these granaries are often adorned with  impressive carvings of animals or people which serve as invocations of deities or spirits, or as symbols of status.  The stored grain is considered "safe" when it is guarded by the ancestors whose images are depicted on granary doors.

Dogon people, Mali, Africa
Wood, 93 x 53 cm