H x W x D: 207 x 46.3 x 33.5 cm (81 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 13 3/16 in.)
This type of ladder--basically a notched tree--provided people with a way to access their roofs as outdoor living spaces or to reach the upper levels of their granaries. While most often identified with the Dogon peoples, similar ladders are used by many groups that build baked or pounded mud house compounds from northern Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Togo to Burkina Faso.
Tall Y-shaped notched wood ladder with well-worn steps.
Drs. James and Gladys Strain, Riverdale, New York, 1999-2000 to 2011
Michael Oliver, New York, -- to 1999-2000
African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2013–August 12, 2019 (deinstalled January 21, 2015)
African Mosaic: Celebrating a Decade of Collecting, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2010-March 1, 2013