Dogon Granary Door

A very old Dogon granary door or shutter, very weathered and simplistically designed.
Tribe: Dogon

Origin: Mali

Approx Age: Mid 20th Century

Materials: Wood

Dimensions cm: 38 tall x 25 wide (door size)

Ref. Number: 1278

A wonderful Dogon granary door, an unsusual simple design to the front, both pegs intact and wear from shutting to the top, very weathered showing deep grain to the wood. Displayed on a bespoke stand. 

Provenance: Adama Poudyougo, Kani-Kombole, Mali. Lampevelden collection Netherlands since 1976.



This granary door is crafted in the older simpler style, contrary to the popular, but more complex, designs of to-day. They have been vetted as authentic, with signs of significant age. This door protected the window-like opening into each family’s grain storage building. This door has been well used and as a result, have a beautiful eroded patina.


Dogon buildings are a unique architecture of sculptural mud-built huts, altars, distinctive tapering granaries for each sex, each with a pointed cap of thatch, and meeting houses (Diakite, 1988; Hollyman & van Beek, 2001). The granary doors are small and are placed midway up the granary wall. It provided access, throughout the year following harvests, to the goods stored inside (millet, sorghum, rice, corn). The Dogon granaries are narrow, four-sided or round, with a structure made of wood and covered with cob, and generally a thatch roof or a terrace roof.


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