This door lock depicts a figure. The face is surrounded with two ears. These are symbolizing the guardian spirit komo, who hears every sound, . . The body is incised with various geometrical patterns symbolizing the fertility. The goitre figuration symbolizes the word. Wooden door locks were used on the doors of dwellings, cookhouses, sanctuaries, and on granary shutters. Each lock is given a name in accordance with its message, person, myth, or any anecdote referred to. Door locks were a prized gift for young brides, and passed down from generation to generation.
presumed age 1930/1940
collected in situ by a french man who lived in mali in the seventies