African art - Dogon locks, Bambara locks:The locks, whether Dogon or Bambara, are made of wood and represent figures from the cosmogony of the ethnic group. They consist of two pieces of wood, one vertical, fixed on the door, while the other, horizontal, is sliding.
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An unusual pattern for this dogon lock whose central body takes the shape of a fish.
The locks are built on the same principle: a vertical fixed part, and a horizontal slide. The surface of the piece is engraved with a fine grid, disappearing in places.
s dark abraded. The locks, are reinforced by a protection system closely linked to their own symbolism.
The representations found on these locks establish the owner's membership in a clan and show his social position. All the locks had a name in relation to the message it conveyed, a person or story telling the life or an episode of the owner's life.
The patterns are inspired by dogon cosmogony. Here we find a large representation of stylized reptile. Geometric shapes are also present. The intact and ...
African art > Dogon locks, Bambara locks > Lock Bambara
"Bambara African Art"
Targette Bambara consists of two pieces arranged in a cross, the chest, vertical, and the transom, horizontal and provided with a hollow in which will be inserted the key. A stylized face, at the top, resting on a triangular neck, is framed by two high horns, the cross is also reinforced with a metal part in the sliding lower part. Finish grids are incised on the object and allude to values and belief Bambara 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 wife at her husband's house. This is therefore personal property that can be passed on to ...
African art > Dogon locks, Bambara locks > Bamana Lock
Ex-collection French African art.
Targette Bambara, Bamana, consisting of two pieces arranged in cross, the chest, vertical, and the cross, horizontal and equipped with a hollow in which will fit the key. a metal part in the Fine grids are incised on the object and allude to the values and belief bambara. The grid would represent the creative waters and the four cardinal points. The locks, usually owned by women and symbolizing the union of two people, can be offered to them by their husbands at the time of a birth or to celebrate the installation of the wife at her husband's house. These are personal property that can be transmitted to girls and daughters-in-law. Raw wood, matte brown patina. Controlled xylophageal attacks.
Established in central and southern Mali, the ...