Object Record

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Collection African Art Collection
Object Name Door
Other Name African Granary Door
Catalog Number 1976.1.21
Accession Number 1976.1
Description Dogon Granary Door. Ornately carved dark wooden door. Surface fully carved in relief with lock. Features three rows of abstract human figures in the center panel of the door. Turtles, snakes, and lizards border the outer edges and a triangular pattern is raised from the area between. 2 panels held with band.

The images on the door represent the custodians of the grain -- rice or millet -- for the particular family owning the grain. Three generations of ancestors are represented on the door along with the depictions of animals which leave near and under the granary. Such doors are made for people in different age groups. The size of the door determines age.
People Dogon
Subjects Africa--Social life and customs.
Door fittings
Doors & doorways
Grain bins
Wood carvings
Wood engravings