Togu na


Architectural element (support post)

Carved wood
Early 20th century
Height: 83 ½ in. (148 cm)

Collected in the 1970s by a French family living in Mali
By descent
Ex collection Olivier Castellano, Paris
Ex private collection, France

Price: on request

Western Africa
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As stated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, “forked sculptural elements support the roof beams of togu na, open-sided shelters where Dogon men meet to rest, converse, and discuss issues of importance to the community. The low roofs, made of thick stacks of millet stalks, keep the interior dark and cool and force the men to sit, encouraging calm, peaceful discourse.”