Outstanding Late 19th / Early 20th Century Dogon Ladder – Mali, Africa – Ex Allan Stone Collection
Late 19th/Early 20th c.
Without stand: 85″ x 18″ x 6″
Provenance: Allan Stone Collection, New York
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 reminiscent of pueblo architecture. 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.
Accession no. 2009.2615, Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston (www.mfa.org)
6 × 18 × 85 in