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Dogon shutter door (N° 18179)

The systems of closure of Sudanese regions in African art.
This flap is made up of an assembly of two vertical planks. It has a lock symbolizing the square and its inhabitants. 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. 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 gates 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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Originrécoltée in-situ 2001
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height64
Width50
Weight3.92 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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