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Ladder

The Dogon ladders, carved from one tree trunk, were used to access the flat rooftops of homes and granaries. The flat roofs of typical Dogon homes served as storage and sleeping areas. Smaller versions of these utilitarian ladders were used to mark the entrance to shrines and sacred spaces.

Provenance

1989, sold by Galerie Majestic, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Mali, Dogon peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 228 x 44 x 20 cm (89 3/4 x 17 5/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2615

Medium or Technique

wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Architectural elements