Dogon granary door lock (Front view)
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Item : Dogon granary door lock, Picture : Front view (approx. 22 Kbytes)


This very beautiful granary door lock, with an oval-shaped vertical beam, is surmounted by a bird. It should be the ostrich known for its zigzag course, symbol of the lebe snake and the course of the nommo falling on the earth in the form of rain (Dogon myth of Creation).

This door lock was fastened to a shutter placed midway up the granary wall, and provided access to the goods stored inside. The Dogon granaries are narrow, four-sided or round, with a structure made of wood and covered with cob, and generally a thatch roof (see picture). This physical protection is elaborated through a magic protection symbolized by the form as well as its iconography. This door lock has its key (ta i).
18th / 19th century.

Object #2272

Origin :

Mali (Sangui area)

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Dogon

Material :

Wood, metal, aged patina

Size :

H = 9.2 inches

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