Dogon Door

Very weathered patina and worn pegs that would hinge this Dogon door in place within a very basic wooden framed opening.

Tribe: Dogon

Origin: Mali

Approx Age: Later 20th Century

Materials: Wood

Dimensions cm: 106 x 67 (peg – peg 119)

Ref. Number: M0583


A really nice Dogon door consisting 4 rows of ancestral figures, this style door where there are only “human” figures were carved to protect items , figures etc that were kept in huts rather than grain in granary’s. This particular Dogon door looks to have never had a door lock fitted, its not that unusual but thought I would mention it than someone assume it had been taken off.


Dogon doors are used simply to close an opening to their homes, safe stores of tribal pieces etc and adobe granaries in which the Dogon store their grain. The figures on granary doors protect the grain inside from mold, insects and all other threats. Carvings on other doors have all sorts of meanings and sometimes even stories.
The Dogon people of Mali are well known the world over for their creation of Dogon Doors. The doors have various uses in their society; first as the physical closure to their granaries. Secondly, they are created and exchanged as gifts for birthdays, marriages, tokens of luck and rites of passage bequests. Thirdly, when used as a part of the architecture, as a door or shutter, in a private abode, through the use of symbols they are used to describe the occupation of the person or that persons persona or status in the village. Lastly, it served as a sign to taxpayers, letting them know which form of payment was accepted in the adjoining building.

The door offered has a very weathered patina and worn pegs that would hinge the door in place within a very basic wooden framed opening. The Dogon door in question comprises of two panels fixed together with a good continuation of defined carved ancestral figures.

This is a door that is very similar in style I found at Sotherby’s

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