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Granary shutter

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Dogon blacksmith-sculptors created many objects, ranging from stools, masks, and figures to iron objects that have found their way into collections. This weathered shutter once protected a granary. It was mounted halfway up the structure, with the projections at the bottom and top inserted into...

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in black marker on verso: "BB62" (crossed out); in black marker on verso: "DO31C"


1974, acquired in Bamako, Mali by 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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Dogon peoples, Mali, 20th century

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Overall: 34.3 x 25.5 x 4.5 cm (13 1/2 x 10 1/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, metal


Africa and Oceania


Architectural elements, Doors, jambs, lintels