This door lock depicts a female figure with long-eared forms symbolizing the protective spirit komo who hears every sound.generally the horns of part and of a human head can represent either the wings of butterfly, mythical animal that God has transformed into one of the lighter and futile creatures as punishment for his contention, either two jaws of crocodile, or tentacles of snail, harmless animal associated with the society of initiation of the kore who teaches men that they will suffer many reincarnations # the kore insiders are the object of symbolic dead, which as the tentacles of the snail cause no physical damage , or other themes
the protruding neck has to remind the knowledge and teachings of the komo
The extreme symbolism forms, fantasy and imagination of the artists as well as the loss of traditions currently making it very difficult to collect reliable information on the ground, are that it is often difficult to understand the meaning of a lock and multiple interpretations are possible.
Certain types of burning would necessarily be included on the locks owned by the women, which they guaranteed the fecundity.The cross lying X or vertical, single, double or triple incision and the grids based on diamonds are commonly reproduced drawings.The cross represents both the universe and l ' man and fertility and the four directions of celestial space. The grid represents creative waters, reproductive fluids, and also the four cardinal points.The functional and utility of locks is secon-daire, compared to many other functions. They have the power to fight against witchcraft and evil forces; they have a role educational or philosophical; they can recall a historic event, social conflicts, the legends of the creation of the universe or religious beliefs. By their educational function, they create a link between generations. They express and concentrate the philosophy and the beliefs of the Bambara focus philosophy and the beliefs of the Bambara
Deep crusty patina
from an old french collector who lived in Mali in the seventies