Bamana door lock (Detail)
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Item : Bamana door lock, Picture : Detail (approx. 16 Kbytes)

This door lock (konbalabala) is decorated with incised patterns symbolizing the fields and the center of the universe. The higher part represents the head of a crocodile or a koro lizard surmounted by a very rare solar symbol. The circles incised represent both the rain and water, and mouso koroni tears (goddess of the Earth).
19th century or earlier.

Object #2170

Origin :

Mali (Sikasso area)

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Wood, age-old use patina

Size :

H = 16.1 inches

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