This very fine door lock depicts a male figure. The face and the
crested coiffure (bambada) are illustrated in a very abstract
way (see attached pictures). The head is represented by a striking
triangular form with a concave face and a prominent ridge forming the
bridge of the nose. The body is incised with various geometrical
patterns symbolizing the fertility, and the breast appears (symbol of
the protective spirit). 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.
Probably 19th century.
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