DOGON GRANARY DOOR 23, Mali

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DOGON, GRANARY DOOR 23, 22.5", $500, Mali

These doors protected the window-like opening into each family's grain storage building, and used a simple sliding door lock. Primordial beings, ancestors, Kanaga masks, sun lizards and scenes of life symbolically served to protect the entrance by making it sacrosanct. The low reliefs are carved on several panels, held together by iron staples.

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