Sadiola Dogon Gate
Dogon door carved by hand in a single piece of wood.
Measurements: 120cm high x 40cm wide x 2cm deep
The Dogon are especially known for their religious traditions, their mask dances, their wooden sculpture and their architecture. The doors are used in the granaries of the tribe. Different figures and designs are sculpted on the wood that refer to their beliefs and mythology. A very common element is the female breasts, which represent fertility. Other themes include warriors on horseback, animal figures, large crocodiles denoting strength and power, and rows and rows of ancestors of the Dogon people.
Likewise, the motifs and symbols present on the doors are messages or warnings of the type: "Do not open that door, be careful."
Additionally, these doors are created and exchanged as gifts for birthdays, weddings, and rites of passage.