Bamana door lock (Front view)
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Item : Bamana door lock, Picture : Front view (approx. 13 Kbytes)


This door lock depicts a female figure with long-eared forms symbolizing the protective spirit komo who hears every sound. This lock, angular-faced, with an apparent navel and short legs, was fixed on the door of the enclosed area of the men's house (ty so). The presence on the door of a lock representing a woman was believed to prevent the man from being unfaithful to his wives.
19th century or earlier.

Object #2349

Origin :

Mali

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Wood with brownish and black crusty patina

Size :

H = 22 inches

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