Bamana door lock (Three quarters view)
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Item : Bamana door lock, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 17 Kbytes)


This very old door lock represents in an abstract form the tail of the black scorpion (dyonkomi), sacred animal for the Bamana. In the past, the representation of « prohibited » animals, like the scorpion, was regarded as the sign of a great protective force.

Wooden door locks were used on the doors of dwellings, cookhouses, sanctuaries, and on granary shutters. Each lock is given a name in accordance with its message, person, myth, or any anecdote referred to.

18th / 19th century.

Object #2279

Origin :

Mali

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Wood with a very old crusty patina and granitic surface with gray tonality, metal

Size :

H = 15.3 inches

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