Dogon votive ladder (Front view)
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Item : Dogon votive ladder, Picture : Front view (approx. 9 Kbytes)


Symbolizing the utility ladder, in a miniature round image, this votive one was used on family altars intended for ancestors' cult. It symbolizes the steps that they have to climb to reach the deceased world. In the same way as ancestor statuettes and others ritual items, it was destinated for the repose of the dead ancestors' souls.

16th / 18th century.

Object #2919

Origin :

Mali (Kani Kombole, Bandiagara cliffs area)

Type :

Ritual items

Ethnic group :

Dogon

Material :

Bright brownish wood with cracked patina

Size :

H = 11.9 inches

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