Dogon votive ladder (Front view)
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Item : Dogon votive ladder, Picture : Front view (approx. 10 Kbytes)


Miniature image of utility ladder, 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.
18th century or earlier.

Object #5298

Origin :

Mali (Bandiagara cliffs area)

Type :

Ritual items

Ethnic group :

Dogon

Material :

Wood, thick crusty patina

Size :

H = 14.1 inches

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