Granary Door



Granary Door


Architectural element, sculpture


20th Century


Cercle of Bandiagara, Mali, Beledougou


27 1/4 x 18 1/4 x 5/8 in. (69.2 x 46.4 x 1.6 cm)

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Many art objects are created to protect the boundaries between sacred and secular space. This Dogon door served such a function, in its case, to literally and metaphorically protect the food contained within the granary it secured. Attached to the door is a sculpted wooden lock, surmounted by two seated figures representing the twins of Amma Seru, one of several male and female sets of Dogon twin ancestors. According to tradition, the twins planted the first seeds that led to the development of Dogon civilization. Double-lined X designs incised across the lock represent a cultivated field. Called sidu ningela ningu, or hand weaving, the design links the mythical past with the present.

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Pascal James Imperato


MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, 2008 - March 7, 2013


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