Bamana door lock (Three quarters view)
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Item : Bamana door lock, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 17 Kbytes)


This lock was intended to represent the kana (water iguana), and to protect against sorcerers and malevolent nyama (the spirits). The lizard head sits atop a stylised neck. This anthropomorphic feature reflects faro's possession of some human physical characteristics. This contextual association with the stylised form of a kana emphasizes the intimate relationship between faro (the deity of water) and this water creature.

Each lock is given a name in accordance with its message, person, myth, or any anecdote referred to. Door locks were a prized gift for young brides, and passed down from generation to generation.
18th / 19th century.

Object #4347

Origin :

Mali (Markala area, district of Segou)

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Wood with natural blond-colored and crusty patina

Size :

H = 15.3 inches

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