Dogon Granary Door, Mali


Wooden relief doors depicting faces with diamond patterns. Noted two spots where there is damage to front of door. Price is discounted. This beautiful piece is crafted by hand and was most likely created for the marketplace in Mali. A handsome work to display in your home! Dogon Granary doors protected the window-like opening into each family's grain storage building, and used a simple sliding door lock. Beings, ancestors, and animals all symbolically served to protect granary entrances by making them sacrosanct. The low reliefs are carved on several panels, held together by iron staples or tied with leather straps. Located in the region of Mali, in West Africa, south of the Niger Bend, they've been living there since the 15th Century. The Dogon are best known for their religious traditions, their masked dances, wooden sculptures and their architecture. Sold without stand.