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Togu Na House Post


This is a carving. It is made of wood. It was made by the Dogon of Mali, Africa. Overall, it is smooth and shaped like a “Y” with a shallow curve. There are two large mounds in the center. The neck of a figure extends from the mounds to a small head. The nose, mouth, and ears are clear, but there are no eyes. Above and below this figure are rows of small geometric shapes. Posts such as these are used to support the roof of a “togu na” house. These houses are shelters for men only. In the “togu na” house, men can rest and discuss important matters of their community. Considered one of the first structures to be built in a village, a “togu na” has a low roof. The roof is too low for a man to stand in, as true conservation is believed to come from a man who is sitting. Figures such as females, animals, and males can be depicted on the posts. It is not uncommon for female figures with large breasts to be carved on posts, and other structures such as granary doors.


The Dogon


Martha and Robert Fogelman


Art Museum of the University of Memphis


ca. 20th century


Neecole A. Gregory


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wood, carving