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a bamana lock

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1940: Item # 1156474
galerie Cecile Kerner
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This door lock represents a male character. Many locksrepresent the bonnet worn by the priest of the society of the komo during the ceremony of the "bambada" or "crocodile mouth" This animal which belongs to the mythology of the Bambara is closely associated with the initiation of the komo society and its powers against witchcraft and the these evilspirits Its 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,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 The angled part, under the head represents the goiter and symbolizes the teaching and knowledge of the komo. 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 abstract example .38,5cm