Kurumba door lock (Front view)
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Item : Kurumba door lock, Picture : Front view (approx. 15 Kbytes)


This very rare and small granary door lock depicts a crocodile. The vertical part forms the body of the animal. It symbolizes the protective spirit of the family (the guardian spirit) which protects from robbers. In the past, the representation of « prohibited » or dangerous animals, like the crocodile, was regarded as the sign of a great protective force. These animals could not be killed, eaten, nor even touched. This door lock protected the granary by its symbolic strength.
Probably 19th century.

Provenance : André Blandin collection

Object #2997

Origin :

Burkina Faso (Djibo area, northern Burkina Faso)

Type :

Door locks

Ethnic group :

Kurumba

Material :

Bright-brownish eroded wood, aged patina

Size :

H = 9.8 inches

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