Bambara House Post, Mali (#PC2)
Dimensions: 91" high by 11" wide by 11" deep (base)
Post Top: 13" wide
Title: Support Post - 'Toguna'
People: Bambara (Bamana)
Similar wood support posts were used by the
Dogon & Mossi people for their meeting houses.
A Toguna is a structure with a low ceiling where
the men meet to debate issues & discuss politics.
Debates often became animated. Anyone who
rose to their feet in excitement or in anger, would
hit their head on the low roof and would quickly
return to a state of calm.
Provenance: Ex Private Collection. Collected about 50 years ago by a Belgian living in the D.R. Congo.