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30" Tall African Dogon Granary Door With Many Figures, Tribal, No Reserve For Sale
This sale is for a lovely Dogon granary door from Mali. This beautiful door is finely adorned, and was collected from the Mali region of the Dogon's native territory. Small doors such as these are used to cover the granary (grain storage) access points and were intended to keep out animals, as well as thieves. The figures present on them are believed to have spiritual power, and are intended to protect the contents of the room, as is the small latch. This door features a great number of Nommo figures, protective figures representative of the earliest ancestors in Dogon mythology. They are said to have been bisexual water gods, created by the ultimate god Amma, and sent to Earth in an ark, where they then founded the Dogon family lineages and introduced various activities, such as smithing, farming, etc. The latches are often missing on these doors, but this one is still functional and intact (although it looks to be a replacement?). The door may be bigger than it looks in the photos - one of the pairs of hands belongs to a someone who is 6'8"The Dogon are a people numbering near the 400,000 mark in the Mali and Burkina Faso region. Well known for their intricately carved doors, they settled the region of their inhabitance after fleeing persecution of their indigenous religious beliefs from the invading Muslims population to the north. Because of their resulting isolation, they have preserved many of their traditional art production methods, and are masters of producing artistic functional objects. Their art is highly versatile, and exhibits themes from their lifestyle, surroundings, and their cultural mythology. They produce a wide variety of masks and figures in addition to their famous doors, and their art has become quite popular amongst
some of my items have solid provenance, others like this do not. I will
never make a claim a specific age or tribal usage unless I have
iron-clad documentation (and as we all know even that can be false).
Have you noticed some sellers here who have sold over 4000 items and
have listed them all as "early 20th century?" I acquired this several
years ago from an estate sale- I have no other information. It is an
outstanding example of African craftsmanship and artistry.
Additional Information: I
have paid quite a bit for my collection over the years but will set a
low starting price and let you decide what they are worth to you. The
low starting price is not an indication of low value. These pieces are
beautiful, quality collector’s items.Shipping:Domestic and International
shipping - I am trying the shipping calculator again. You pay only
the actual shipping charge (no handling fee). If the amount displayed
looks wrong it probably is. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
I will gladly combine shipping to save you money on multiple items.
International Customers Welcome:
Please Note: customs charges as import duties, and/or taxes are not
included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the
buyer's responsibility. These charges ( not additional shipping
charges!) are collected upon delivery in your country. Please contact
your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs
may be prior to offerding/buying. Merchandise will not be marked below
value or as "gifts" - US and International government regulations
prohibit such behavior. Do not confuse customs duty with shipping
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30" Tall African Dogon Granary Door With Many Figures, Tribal, No Reserve: $292