DOGON GAMEBOARDS, (MANKALA), Mali

 

DOGON, Gameboard 1, 28", $1500

 

DOGON, Gameboard 2, 25.5", $1000

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DOGON, GAMEBOARDS (MANKALA) (Mancala, Wari), Mali

Despite their appearance, these gameboards could have been made to be sold.

In addition to the numerous types of masks and figures used traditionally in Dogon culture, most of their functional objects and architectural pieces have artistic significance, showing the importance they played in Dogon life. Dogon gameboards are usually simple forms but beautiful and often weathered by age and use.

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