African doors art
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 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
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. 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.