Carvings on a Dogon door are very significant and have many different meanings protection, fertility and status value are just a few.
Approx Age: Mid 20th Century
Dimensions cm: 90 peg to peg x 53 wide
Ref. Number: 0440
A stunning and unusual styled Dogon door depicting the 8 ancestors being a mirror image. The lock consists of an abstract style head on top and rows of zigzags underneath representing the “flowing of water” in Dogon terminology, this continues to the door as a lighter carving and then further down in the form of a fish which the Dogon relate to the “Nommo”. The door does have some staining to the top area and to the rear at the bottom due to weather before it was originally collected, and also shows shade difference where the roof of the building has shaded the sun from it when originally in situ, excellent signs of tribal usage.
Ex- German private collection.
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.
Like the majority of the Dogon figures, doors and door locks (ta
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