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Dogon Lock (N° 24249) Deposit sale

Collection of Belgian African art.

The locks consist of a vertical element, and a horizontal slider. The surface of the object is engraved with friezes, while carved figures rise at the top.
Locally lightened brown patina.
The closure systems of the Sudanese regions contain characteristic elements of the Dogon cosmogony, according to which the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. The designs on doors in Mali are intended to deter intruders, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks, like the doors, are cut in wood chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used. Because each plant is attributed specific virtues.  

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OriginCollection Scruel
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm37
Width31 cm
Weight2.10 Kg
Socle includedYes

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