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Dogon shutter door (N° 20139)

This Dogon door or shutter, complete with its lock, is carefully carved with low-relief anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, and scenes evoking the rich Dogon cosmogony. The door is made of vertical panels held together by large metal clasps. Each of the figures at the top of the panel wears a kanaga mask, displayed by the Dogon during mourning ceremonies.
Smaller scenes at the bottom of the panel also illustrate daily life.
The Nommo, the mythical ancestor, is said to have founded the eight Dogon lineages and instilled weaving, blacksmithing, and agriculture in their human descendants.
The figures may symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the granary also frequently appear. The motifs on doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to dissuade intruders, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks, like the doors, are carved in wood chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used. For each plant is attributed particular virtues.
Brown satin patina.  

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OriginEx-collection Cheminal
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height66
Width44
Weight3.00 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxxème

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