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Aadya Bazaar

Antique African Dogon Carved Granary Door. Mali. Exquisite Wall Decor

$0.00 $123.99

Aadya Bazaar

Antique African Dogon Carved Granary Door. Mali. Exquisite Wall Decor

$0.00 $123.99

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These are exquisite cultural treasures. And make for wonderful decor.
These come from the Dogon people of Mali. Such an amazing otherworldly aesthetic there.

The Dogon people are located in the southeastern parts of Mali. The granary door is located on a family's granary. The higher one's status, the more elaborate and complex in design the granary door would be. These doors were created to protect the harvest of the Dogon people. Primordial beings, ancestors, Kanaga masks, breasts, sun lizards and scenes of life symbolically served to protect the entrance by making it sacrosanct. Ancestral beings were carved on the door to in the purpose to protect what lies on the other side of the door. Also, these doors recognized spiritual beings that were in charge of fertility and agriculture.
Masked figures were often carved on granary doors. These figures wear Kanaga masks. These masks represent the female spirit and birds. In Dogon society, birds are symbols that represent fertility. Located in a region where vegetation is quite low, the Dogon treasured the food that they had and needed to protect it; by doing so they ensured their existence.
There are two types of Dogon granary, male and female. The larger male granaries (on the left) are used for storing grains. Men distribute the grain, usually millet, for the day's cooking. Male granaries are usually bigger that the female and have more than one door. The female granary (right) is used for storing other foods but also personal things like jewellery, clothing and pottery. Men are not allowed to enter a female granary.

This one measures 16 x 12 inches. Exceptionally fine weathered patina.

A portion of each sale goes to support women’s craft collectives, microfinance projects in India, Africa and Afghanistan that we hand-pick and Carbon Fund to offset our carbon footprint.

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