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Lot 0113


Dogon artist
granary ladder

Mali, 19th Century
carved wood
98 h × 13 w × 7 d in (249 × 33 × 18 cm)

The Dogon people, who inhabit the Bandiagara escarpment in Mali, have a rich history as carvers. These ladders, carved from a single piece of wood, were used to reach the flat rooftops of granaries and of typical Dogon homes, which are carved into sandstone. The ladders made multi-leveled housing possible, opening up roofs to be used for storage, living, and sleeping. Smaller versions of these utilitarian ladders were used to mark the entrance to shrines and sacred spaces

Provenance: The Mar Silver Collection


Good overall condition with some splits, losses, and chips to wood. Some scuffs and scratches throughout.

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Dogon artist, granary ladder

Estimate $3,000 - $5,000Jan 16, 2020
Starting Bid $1,500
Wrightbadge TOP RATED
Chicago, IL, USA