Dogon door lock (Front view)
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Item : Dogon door lock, Picture : Front view (approx. 21 Kbytes)


This door lock represents a human figure in an extremely abstract way. The vertical beam symbolizes the cultivated fields, and the rectangular patterns represent « the pond » (myth of Dogon Creation, tihinle). The legs are truncated below the body of the lock. Visually, the body of the lock becomes the body of the figure, and the bolt the arms.
18th / 19th century.

Object #2142

Origin :

Mali (Bandiagara cliffs area)

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Dogon

Material :

Wood, very age-old honey-colored patina from use

Size :

H = 15.1 inches

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