Dogon Ladder

Bankass Region, Mali

The Dogon people of Mali, West Africa, are well known for their striking wooden sculpture and innovative architecture. The dogon ladder was used throughout Mali from around the late 19th century. These beautiful and individually handcrafted objects, made by carving into forked tree trunks, were used in Dogon villages to reach storehouses and living areas above ground. The simple and practical use of materials is evidence of intelligence and craftsmanship so unique to the Mali region.

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