door (buildings: components)

Wooden door carved with two crocodiles, four pairs of breasts, two chickens, two grainstores, two waru antelope masks, two kanaga masks, and two serpents. There are also geometric lines at the top and bottom, and metal joins at top and bottom holding together the two pieces the door is made from.

Features two crocodiles, totemic animals for the villagers; two serpents (known as lebe), who protect the hogon (the ritual chief of the village); two waru antelope masks; two kanaga masks; two grainstores; two chickens (given for sacrifice); and four pairs of breasts (symbols of the fecundity of women).

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