MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Y—shaped House Post and Ladder
Object Name:
Ladder, House Post
Other Name:
Ladder, House Post, Wood
Place of Origin:
Dogon, Mali, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 83"
W = 23"
D = 10"

The 250,000 Dogon people live on a plateau, with most of the villages situated on cliffs to the north and the east. According to Dogon oral tradition, the tribe settled in this area between the 14th and 15th centuries, after escaping from the Mande kingdom.

The Dogon created Granary doors, stools and house posts, that are sometimes adorned with figures, ladders and symbols.

Bacquart, P. 60—61

Long trunk of wood with Y—shaped branch at top. Seven niches carved to form steps along trunk, buff—colored with white kaolin. Worn areas on Y—shaped area, base and each step.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Kaolin
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, MSSU
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