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Tribal art - Door shutter:

Among the usual African objects, we find such doors and shutters. Most reported in Europe in the course of the twentieth century by ethnologists on mission. Very raw, they can also be very worked revealing the cosmogony of an ethnic group such as the Dogons.


Dogon attic shutter
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Tribal art > Door shutter > Dogon shutter

The closing systems of the Sudanese regions in African art. This panel is formed by an assembly of two vertical boards. Anthropomorphic figures, highly graphic, associated with the rich Dogon cosmogony, enliven the naturally desiccated surface. The figures may symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic also frequently appear. Light patina. The motifs on doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to dissuade intruders, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks and doors are carved in wood chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used, because each plant is attributed particular virtues.


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Dogon Mil Attic ladder
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Tribal art > Door shutter > Dogon Ladder

This ladder allowed access to the mil dogon attics, earth architectures distinguished by a conical straw roof. These attics are fitted at a height of an opening blocked by a shutter and allow the seeds to be stored away from rodents and insects.
Tly beautiful heterogeneous patina mate, abrased by use. Desication cracks.
The Dogon people is renowned in African art for myths and beliefs relating to its cosmogony. Its population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). They produce more than 80 types of masks, the best known of which are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Awa ...


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Dogon attic section
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Tribal art > Door shutter > Dogon Stream

The systems of closure of Sudanese regions in African art
This Dogon gate with a thick crusty patina due to ritual libations evokes by its representations the rich cosmogony Dogon. According to Dogon mythology, breasts evoking the bisexual ancestor Nommo are an allegory of fertility. The series of sculpted kambari-style figures from the south of the Bandiagara cliff hide their faces, alluding to the ceremonies of the binu priests. They often symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic are also frequently featured. The door consists of two panels that connect metal staples. Desication cracks.
The patterns on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. Locks, ...


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Mambila door frame posts
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Tribal art > Posts, Dogon, Lobi, Sogho, Oron, Toguna > Mambila Posts

The court art of the chiefdoms of north-west Cameroon is illustrated by prestigious objects such as thrones, statues, beds, ceremonial pipes, box poles.... The style of these sculpted frames is representative of the productions of the peripheral groups, in this case the Mambila. The stylized anthropomorphic, almost geometric motifs are repeated vertically and make up a symbolic language known to the initiates of secret societies abounding throughout the region.
Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the men, in fulani), installed in the north-west of Cameroon, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe ...


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Dogon African Gate
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Tribal art > Door shutter > Dogon Gate

The closure systems of the Sudanese regions in African art
This ancient dogon door with its lock evokes by its zoomorphic iconography the rich Cosmogon Dogon. According to Dogon mythology, the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. These are in fact shown vertically on the door. When characters are present, they symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic also appear frequently. The door is made up of two vertical panels around a central slat. The whole thing is maintained by horinzontal elements fixed by rafters. A frog motif, another mythical animal, adorns the lock.

The motifs on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or ...


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