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Dogon Ladder Mali African Art

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Title Dogon Ladder Mali African Art
Type of Object Artifact
Country of Origin Mali
People Dogon
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 28 Inches
Width: 14 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Arrested bug damage, wood flaws, cracks, chips and a well worn patina


 

Additional Information: A 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. 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.