Togu’na
Dogon

Africa | Mali

Togu’na
Dogon

Mali

Architectural element (Support Post)
From Anakila Village, Plain region, Dogon

Carved wood
19th century
Height: 83 ½ in. (212 cm)

Ex collection Merton Simpson, New York (inv. #5795)
Ex collection Montagut, Barcelona

Published (with images of the post in situ in Mali):
Togu Na, The African Dogon House of Men – House of Words, Tito & Sandro Spini, Milan, Ed. Rizzoli, 1976, pp. 112-113

Yale University GvR Archive 0000478

Toguna Post 212 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
On view at La Biennale
Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris
26 Nov. - 5 Dec. 2021

In Dogon language, togu na means « shelter of Men ». 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. »
This spectacular sculpture, over two meters high, depicts a founding ancestor and is decorated with symbols related to fertility and the perpetuation of the clan.
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