Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

African doors art

African doors art. Security doors in granaries, Dogon people of Mali

African doors art. Security doors in granaries, Dogon people of Mali

Carving skill spread among all the peoples of Tropical Africa. In addition to well-known and well recognizable sculptures, ethnographers and collectors are attracted by African doors art that perform the ritual, protective, aesthetic, social status, historical narrative, and even instructive function. Images of animals can be seen on the carved doors of almost all African peoples. Animal credited special qualities or traits or they are considered as one of the ancestors of people.

People of the Dogon, Mali, carved door

People of the Dogon, Mali, carved door

People of the Dogon, Mali, carved image – their ideas about the origin of the world, the emergence of the nation and its difficult path from ancestral lands to the place of the current habitat

People of the Dogon, Mali, carved door

People of the Dogon, Mali, carved door

doors in Zanzibar

doors in Zanzibar

Zanzibar, part of the ornament front door

Zanzibar, part of the ornament front door

The chain on the left is the symbol of the enslavement of evil spirits, so that they would not hit home. But modern wooden doors in Zanzibar look different – thanks, first of all, to the spread of Western culture, familiarity of African artists with Western patterns and ornaments, and secondly, changing religion – from African animism to Islam or Christianity.

Two carved wing doors of the house of the leader in Eire, trapped in the Berlin Museum of Ethnology

Two carved wing doors of the house of the leader in Eire, trapped in the Berlin Museum of Ethnology

Two carved wing doors of the house of the leader in Eire, trapped in the Berlin Museum of Ethnology. The owner explained the importance of the drawing. On the first part of the first door the depicted monkey persecuted by leopard escapes from it, climbes up a tree. On the last part of the second door – a man being held to prevent murder of seducer of his wife. It would seem that between the two images is no connection.

Modern door in Tanzania

Modern door in Tanzania

Nupe, Nigeria

Nupe, Nigeria

Senufo, Mali

Senufo, Mali

the door can be cut from a sacred tree. Nigeria, the sacred tree of Iroko

the door can be cut from a sacred tree. Nigeria, the sacred tree of Iroko

Yoruba people, the door to the house of a man of high social status

Yoruba people, the door to the house of a man of high social status

African doors art

African doors art

African doors art

African doors art

African doors art

African doors art

African doors art

African doors art

African doors art

African doors art

African doors art

African doors art

Carved door in Nigeria

Carved door in Nigeria

Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire

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