This Dogon door lock showcases an anthropomorphic figure with long ears or horns on top and two slightly bent legs on a socle. The lock measures 15.5 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. The lock comes in two pieces – the body and the cross bar – and the stand is not included. There is some scuffing and wear and tear throughout this piece – please inspect photos carefully.
Dogon Door Lock with Ears or Horns 15.5″ – Mali – African Art
1 in stock
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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.