Bamana door lock (Three quarters view)
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Item : Bamana door lock, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 18 Kbytes)


This important door lock depicts a male ancestor. The face and the crested coiffure (bambada) are illustrated in a very abstract way. The head is represented by a striking triangular form with a concave face and a prominent ridge forming the bridge of the nose. The bambada hat depicts also the open jaws of the crocodile. The goiter figuration symbolizes the word and the komo's anti-sorcery powers.

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.

The body is finely incised with geometrical patterns and fertility symbols partially covered by the crusty patina. This very old door lock is of a pure and geometrical Bamana style.

18th / 19th century.

Object #4330

Origin :

Mali (Djitoumou area, district of Bamako)

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Bamana (Bambara)

Material :

Wood, very fine and crusty aged patina

Size :

H = 17.9 inches

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