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Granary door with lock

African, Mali, Dogon peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Mali


Overall: 59.5 x 44 x 6.5 cm (23 7/16 x 17 5/16 x 2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

wood and metal

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


Doors, jambs, lintels

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 a wooden frame so the door could open and close. However, as building styles changed such doors often became obsolete.


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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart