X90.180a,b Door posts

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Door posts
Pate Island, Kenya
Swahili, Siyu peoples
c. 1700’s
L: (A) 239 cm, L: (B) 240 cm (A: 94.0 in, B: 94.4 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. The Jerome L. Joss Collection. X90.180a,b


Although they frame a single door, these eighteenth century door posts have totally asymmetrical patterns. The axes, bow and arrow and broad-bladed spear carved on the bottom of the posts were meant to warn people against carrying actual weapons inside the home or using them with evil intent.

Source: Ross, Doran H. ed. (1994): “Visions of Africa”, Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 150

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