In Mali, the Dogon hold meetings in low roofed, open-air huts called Togunas. The theory is that everyone has to crouch to enter, creating a sense of equality and humility. If there is a dispute, no one can jump up and storm out. The supporting posts for these important meeting spaces were decoratively carved.
On this incredible Toguna post, you can see that a crossbeam would have rested in the center. The male figure may represent a specific ancestor in high standing. A true collector's piece!