This is beautifully Carved Wood Step Ladder comes from the Dogon tribal people of Mali. These wood ladders are carved out of a single piece of wood. The notched ladders are used by the Dogon people to access the upper levels of granaries, climb onto the flat roofs of houses, and bridge clefts in cliffs. Though in fact used by many peoples in the southern part of West Africa, these ladders are most commonly associated with the Dogon. Wooden granary ladders are first and foremost utilitarian objects, and have a simple and practical design. The step like notches would have been carved out of a naturally forked tree with an adze, and one can easily see the short, horizontal marks left on the wood from carving. The Y-shape at the top of the ladder is flattened slightly in the back to enhance stability, and the rub of hands and feet on the wood from use gives the steps their smooth and glossy appearance, called patina. This is an unusual piece imbued with the spirit of those who created and made use of it throughout their daily lives. This ladder would be a fabulous addition to your home or collection.
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74 Inches Tall
5 Inches Wide
15 Inches Wide Fork
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