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a bamana lock

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1940: Item # 1156472
galerie Cecile Kerner
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This door lock represents a male character. The face and the headress represent the traditional bambada in a very abstract way. It triangular, slightly concave face, represents the nose in its central part. The whole upper part also symbolizes the open jaws of the crocodile (bama .) The trunk is incised different geometric patterns linked to symbols of fertility, The angled part, under the head represents the goiter and symbolizes the speach . Locks called konbalabala) were used on the doors of dwellings, cookhouses, pens, sanctuaries, and on granary shutters. Each lock had a name in connection with the message that it sent, a person, a myth, or a simple story to which it referred. The locks were often offered as a wedding gift, and transmitted from generation to generation.The rigour of his style, his balance, and its large size, associated with a very beautiful and old crusty patina, make this lock a beautiful object