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Tribal Art, Granary Wooden Door of the Naga Culture



This exceptional piece is one of the few impressively carved granary doors which have survived to our days. Created in the village of Wakching, in the Indian state of Nagaland, it evinces two central cylinders at each wing through which two tapering sticks are thrust to keep the door shut. As can be appreciated, the ornamentation consists in horn-like designs in low relief which stem from the cylinders, creating an impression of a double pair of mithun horns, a bovine species endemic to Northeast India and one of the most important among their beliefs. The massive cylinders seem to form the bull's head. The Nagas are recognized for their unerring instinct for color and design. A remarkable example of this could be the finely incised lozenge-pattern bands which run along the centre and edges of this door.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 74.81 in. (190 cm)Width: 49.22 in. (125 cm)Depth: 5.12 in. (13 cm)
  • Style
    Tribal (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1800
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Mexico City, MX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3531310733403

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Mexico City, Mexico
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