Dogon Ancestral Door Mali


Dogon Ancestral Door Mali

– The Dogon people of Mali are known the world

over for their creation of Dogon Doors.

This beautiful antique door is a relic of the Dogon tribe of Mali,

one of the world’s most fascinating and longest surviving cultures.

Dogon doors are intricately carved masterpieces that tell spiritual

and tribal stories through ancient symbols. This door

features carvings that represent protective ancestral figures

and animals with spiritual and religious significance

Would make a fantastic tabletop, cupboard door or wall art

A prized collector’s piece and guaranteed talking

point in your home for years to come.

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height – 182 cm

width – 82 cm


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Dogon Ancestral Door Mali

The Dogon people of Mali are among the oldest surviving African

cultures despite the fact that throughout their existence more

powerful neighbors have threatened them. For protection,

until about 300 years ago the Dogon built their villages near

or in the famous Bandiagara cliffs. They have thus been nicknamed

the Hill, Cliff and Mountain people. Dogon art manifests in masks,

architectural objects, statues, and vessels. The Dogon realize that

they are not the first inhabitants of the land that they now occupy.

Their myths, legends, traditions, and art retain the memories of their

predecessors. The Dogon people of Mali are known the world over

for their creation of Dogon ancestral door Mali .

The doors of Mali have various uses in

their society; firstly as the physical closure to their granaries.

Secondly, they are created and exchanged as gifts for birthdays,

marriages, tokens of luck and rites of passage bequests.

Thirdly, when used as a part of the architecture, as a door or shutter,

in a private abode, through the use of symbols they are used

to describe the occupation of the person or that person’s

persona or status in the village. Lastly, it served as a sign to taxpayers,

letting them know which form of payment was accepted in the adjoining building.

The symbolic styling of the doors can vary

Pairs of breasts, representing femininity and fertility are usually found.

Village dancers wearing the famed rabbit-eared Walu mask or

the tall Kanaga headdress typically underline the bottom of the door.

The Kanaga masks are worn by members of the Awa Society who

dance on the roof of the deceased in order to lead the soul (nyama)

to its resting place as well as defending the survivors from the

harm a wandering soul might inflict upon them. A herringbone pattern

can often be found running down the sides of the door representing

the vibration of water and light. The door latch is surmounted by one

or two larger figures who are members of the famed founding primordial couple.

Other themes include but are not limited to village scenes,

warriors on horseback, animal figures, gecko lizards which represent luck,

large crocodiles which denote power and rows and rows of raised

Dogon ancestor figures that all resemble each other.

Learn more about the Dogon Tribe