Togu Na Post
Arts of Africa
Togu na are essentially shelters, consisting of carved posts, such as this one, which support wooden beams piled with layers of millet stalks. The thick roof of millet stalks absorbs the heat of the sun, providing a cool refuge during the hottest part of the day. This post's decoration is minimal, with breasts that refer to the nurturing power of women and a lizard that, in Dogan culture, symbolizes femininity. The togu na is one of the most important buildings in any Dogon village. It serves as a meeting place for men who make important decisions affecting the community.
48 x 16 1/2 x 7 in. (121.8 x 41.8 x 17.8 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Gift of Eugene and Harriet Becker
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
Dogon. Togu Na Post, 19th century. Wood, 48 x 16 1/2 x 7 in. (121.8 x 41.8 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Eugene and Harriet Becker, 1991.226.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.226.1_bw.jpg)
overall, 1991.226.1_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Post with a straight shaft and forked top. Decorated with a pair of human breasts, bordered at the top by two rows of incised interlocking triangles, and at the bottom by a single row of incised triangles. Below a reptile is carved in high relief. CONDITION: Piece shows expected wear, including extensive weathering. Bottom portion is stained darker color where it was inserted into the ground.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.