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Dogon Ladder Miniature Mali Africa 19 Inch

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Title Dogon Ladder Miniature Mali Africa 19 Inch
Type of Object Miniature
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood, pigment, encrustation
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 19 Inches
Width: 4.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Old arrested bug damage

Additional Information: A miniature ladder from Dogon people of Mali. My Bamana friend, who grew up close to Dogon areas of Mali, tells me that this would have been presented by the chief to a family who had contributed to the community. This is a replica of a big ladder. Large wooden ladders are utilitarian objects used by the  Dogon and other peoples in West Africa. Dogon people use large ladders to climb and access their homes and granaries . Small ladders are used the same way they use ancestor figures: ladders such as this were placed on a family altar side by side with other figures. Most importantly they were placed against the ritual pot  where resides the spirit of the family's head.The Dogon believe that this ladder is of great important because their chiefs of the family would have to climb this ladder in order to reach the ancestor world. 

See a fine example, similar to this one, in THE MINIMAL IN AFRICAN ART, 1989.