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Maker:
Dogon artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
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.)
Type:
Architectural Element
Geography:
Mali
Date:
Mid-20th century
Label Text:
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.
Description:
Tall Y-shaped notched wood ladder with well-worn steps.
Provenance:
Drs. James and Gladys Strain, Riverdale, New York, 1999-2000 to 2011
Michael Oliver, New York, -- to 1999-2000
Exhibition History:
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
Topic:
Household  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Doctors James J. and Gladys Witt Strain in honor of Deborah Stokes
Object number:
2011-18-1
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2011-18-1