Hand-Carved Dogon Door Lock 18″ – Mali – African Art

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This Dogon door lock was hand-carved with two figures sitting on top. The lock measures 18 inches tall, 16 inches wide and weighs 3 pounds. It is missing the pin holder on the back and has wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos. *Stand not included.*

Type of Object

Lock for granary door

Country of Origin

Mali

Ethnicity

Dogon

Material

Wood, pigment and metal

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

18"

Width (Inches)

16”

Depth (Inches)

1.5"

Weight (Pounds)

3 lbs

Overall Condition

Missing pin holder on back. Wear and tear throughout.

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Tribe Information

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.