African art > Dogon locks, Bambara locks > Marka lock
Bambara bolt formed of two pieces arranged in a cross, the chest, vertical, and the crosspiece, horizontal and provided with a hollow. A head, at the top, resting on an angular neck, is framed by a headdress falling laterally. The crosspiece is also reinforced with a metal part. Fine incised grids allude to Bambara values and beliefs. The grid would represent the creative waters and the four cardinal points.
The locks, generally belonging to women and symbolizing the union of two people, can be offered to them by their husbands on the occasion of a birth or to celebrate the installation of the woman with her husband. It is therefore personal property that can be transmitted to daughters and daughters-in-law.
Golden brown matte patina, abrasions.
The Bambara, ...