Dogon granary shutter (Front view)
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Item : Dogon granary shutter, Picture : Front view (approx. 32 Kbytes)


Shutters were placed midway up the granary wall, and provided access to the goods stored inside. The Dogon granaries are narrow, four-sided or round, with a structure made of wood and covered with cob, and generally a thatch roof.

This rare granary shutter presents in its center another small shutter. The two locks are surmounted by birds. The central shutter gave access to another lock dissimulated back of the shutter (and thus inside the granary), and which it opened the principal shutter. This mechanism is very different from the system commonly used on granaries (see pictures).

Shutters and door locks primarily protect the contents of the granaries by their symbolic presence ; it is thus very rare to find this double security system.
19th century or earlier.

Object #2363

Origin :

Mali (Dourou area, Bandiagara cliffs)

Type :

Architectural components

Ethnic group :

Dogon

Material :

Wood, iron, and age-old used patina

Size :

W = 15.3 inches; H = 15.7 inches

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