Bozo door lock (Front view)
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Item : Bozo door lock, Picture : Front view (approx. 23 Kbytes)


This granary door lock, with an oval-shaped body, depicts a crocodile in a very stylized way. Bozo people lives on banks of the Niger, near their Dogon neighbors. They are the most former population established in this area. They are fishing or paddlers. Their resources come from fishing, as well as the river transport. During several centuries, Bozo hold the monopoly of the transport of the rock salt plates coming from the mines located in the northern Mali, in Taoudeni (see attached picture). These plates are transported by the Bozo paddlers, which then take over the Tuareg caravans coming from the desert, from Timbuktu to Bamako.

Object #2281

Origin :

Mali

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Bozo

Material :

Wood, metal and aged patina

Size :

H = 9 inches

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