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Dogon lock with animal motif (N° 18577)


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 functional lock is still firmly anchored.

The craftsmen make everyday objects. Dogon doors are good examples of their talent. They contain elements characteristic of the Dogon cosmogony, according to which the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. The patterns on the gates in Mali are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyDogon
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height56
Width48
Weight1.46 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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