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Dogon shutter door (N° 18018)
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The closure systems of Sudanese regions in African artThis flap is made up of an assembly of two vertical planks. It has a lock symbolizing the box. Carefully sculpted, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic representations appeal to the rich Dogon cosmogony. The characters can symbolize previous generations, the mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic are also frequently featured. Each of the characters at the top of the panel, related to spiritual life, wears a kanaga mask, exhibited by the Dogon during mourning ceremonies. The pattern of the breasts is associated with fertility and fertility. Small scenes at the bottom of the panel also illustrate daily life, the work of the fields here in this case. Dark ochre patina.
The patterns on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks and doors are carved 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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