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Big Dogon Gate (N° 13467)

The systems of closure of the Sudanese regions in African art
This ancient door Dogon equipped with its lock, carefully carved, evokes by its anthropomorphic and zoomorphic representations the rich cosmogon Dogon. According to Dogon mythology, the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. They appear horizontally on the top of the door shutters. The characters can symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic also appear frequently. The door consists of two vertical panels that hold large staples métalliques.br
The motifs present on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks, like the doors, are cut from woods chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used. For each plant is attributed to special virtues. The surface of this Dogon door seems washed, abraded by natural elements and seniority. A beautiful, clear, velvety patina with browned inlays is the result. Very slight cracks of desication appear on the bottom of the panel.  

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OriginCollection française Saverio
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, metal
Height171
Width73
Weight10.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe

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