Bamana door lock (Detail)
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Item : Bamana door lock, Picture : Detail (approx. 19 Kbytes)


This exceptional door lock is surmounted by a six-faced head. To our knowledge, this kind of representation is unique. The body is incised with various geometrical patterns symbolizing the fertility, and the breast appears. The goitre figuration symbolizes the word.
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. Door locks were a prized gift for young brides, and passed down from generation to generation.
Its fine aged patina, its rigorous stylistic construction, conveys a remarkable audacity in the sculptor's creativity and a major work outstanding in his category.
19th century.

Origin : Pierre Robin, Paris, 1993

Object #2989

Origin :

Mali (Bougouni area)

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Wood, very fine aged patina

Size :

H = 19.4 inches

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