This door lock depicts a female figure with long ears. These are
symbolizing the guardian spirit komo, who hears every sound,
and the abstract crocodile jaws arising from the head. This lock was
traditionally fixed on the door of the married women and it was
supposed to protect woman and children from the sorcerers. The goitre
figuration symbolizes the word, and the komo secret society.
Double-lined chevrons, at the base of the vertical part, are
representing the cosmic travel of the deities faro (the water)
and mouso koroni (the earth, she initiated human beings,
animals, and vegetables).
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.
19th century or earlier.
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