Bamana door lock (Front view)

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Item : Bamana door lock, Picture : Front view (approx. 15 Kbytes)

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.

Object #2145

Origin :

Mali (Kolokani area)

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Wood, very beautiful aged patina

Size :

H = 27.9 inches

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