This lock was created in the style of the Bamana people of Mali. This particular lock was carved in the shape of a humanoid figure and comes in two separate pieces. It measures 20.5 inches tall by 18.5 inches wide. There is some cracking and general wear and tear and the lock pins are missing – please inspect photos.
Timeworn Bamana Figural Door Lock 20.5″ – Mali – African Art
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Lock for granary door
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Missing lock pins, cracking and wear and tear.
About the Bamana People
“The 2,500,000 Bambara people, also called Bamana, form the largest ethnic group within Mali and occupy the central part of the country, in an area of the savannah. They live principally from agriculture, with some subsidiary cattle rearing in the northern part of their territory. The Bambara people are predominantly animists, although recently the Muslim faith has been spreading among them. The Bambara kingdom was founded in the 17th century and reached its pinnacle between 1760 and 1787 during the reign of N’golo Diarra is credited with conquering the Peul people and in and in turned claimed the cities of Djenne and Timbuktu. However, during the 19th century, the kingdom began to decline and ultimately fell to the French when they arrived in 1892. For the most part, Bambara society is structured around six male societies, known as the Dyow (sing Dyo).”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.
About the Door Lock
In most of Africa, a narrow, four-sided or round structure known as a granary is used to house harvest goods. Covering the windows and doorways to these granary’s, are beautifully carved wooden doors and locks. Doors and locks have been some of the most prized artifacts for art collectors for centuries. The human and animal motifs are meant to create a strong spiritual force to protect the grain inside. Each door tells a story of the people and time it was created
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