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Dogon attic section (N° 17344)
The systems of closure of Sudanese regions in African art
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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, like doors, are cut from wood chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used. Because each plant is assigned special virtues.