A small Bronze Dogon granary door. This is a beautifully decorated door measuring 19.25cm x 29cm, or 7.5" x 11.5". Since it is small I think, and I stress think, that this is more likely to have been used in an inside house wall by, possibly, a shaman to store spices and secret ingredients. The granary doors are made of wood and are much larger. If anyone would like to offer an opinion here it would be most welcome. However, I think that there is a good possibility that I am correct.
The figures are guardians. The linked hands providing protection. On the side is a chameleon a common African symbol of transformation. In the Dogon culture they are carved on granary doors to invoke protective spirits.There are many websites detailing the symbolism used by the Dogon.
It is quite heavy, weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces. A bolt has been added to the back. It would have no functional purpose other than to hang it. I have removed the wire. Therefore one must surmise that it was not added by the original makers. It is cast in the lost wax method but due to the lack of aging I would probably date this as mid 20C.
I thank you for looking.