This Dogon door lock is very unique in that if you look at it from the front, it looks like a humanoid figure, but if you look at it from the side, you can see that it was carved in the shape of a crocodile. The lock comes in two separate pieces and does not include the stand. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos.
Abstract Anthropomorphic Dogon Door Lock 19″ – Mali – African Art
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Lock for granary door
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Wood, pigment and metal
Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
About the Dogon People
The Dogon have become popularized for their ancient tales on human origins and extraterrestrial contact. According to legend, a race of beings called Nommo, came from the star system Sirius, thousands of years ago. The beings are said to have come to Earth and provided humans with knowledge. They gave the Dogon information about their solar system as well as our own. These same creatures also appear in Babylonian and Sumerian myths.
Oddly, the Dogon did have knowledge for centuries that were, until Galileo and his telescope, unknown to the Western world. They identified Jupiter’s moons and Saturn’s rings and knew that the Sun was the center of our solar system. They have stories about the big bang and other astronomical events. They had awareness about an invisible companion star orbiting Sirius that was unidentified until 1970. It baffles scientists to this day that an ancient race had knowledge of solar systems that cannot be seen without the help of high-powered telescopes.
Read more about the Dogon here.