Granary shutter

African, Dogon peoples, Mali
20th century
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Mali


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, metal

Not On View


Africa and Oceania


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. The breasts refer both to human and agricultural fecundity. As building styles changed such doors often became obsolete.


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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart