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Dogon Gate (N° 17679)

The closure systems of Sudanese regions in African art
This Dogon door or shutter, equipped with its lock, is carefully sculpted with anthropomorphic and zoomorphic bas-relief figures, and scenes evoking the rich Cosmogony Dogon. According to Dogon mythology, the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. The characters can symbolize previous generations, the mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic are also frequently featured. The door is made up of vertical panels that are maintained by large metal staples. The motifs on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. Locks, like doors, are cut from wood chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used. Because each plant is assigned special virtues.  

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OriginRécoltée in-situ 1987
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height82
Width55
Weight6.10 Kg

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