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Bamana Lock (N° 18197)

African art among the Bambara.
Targette Bambara antropomorphic, consisting of two pieces arranged in crosses, the chest, vertical, and the cross, horizontal and equipped with a hollow in which will fit the key. The crossbar is also reinforced with a metal part in the sliding bottom. The locks, usually belonging to women and symbolizing the union of two people, may be offered to them by their husbands on the occasion of a birth or to celebrate the woman's installation with her husband. These are personal belongings that are transmitted to girls and daughters-in-law. Dry, grainy surface. On the base: 65cm.

In central and southern Mali, the Bambara , Bamana (c) or unbelievers, as the Muslims have named them, belong to the large Mande group, in the company of the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creative god generically called Ngala who possesses 266 sacred attributes: one for each day of the 9 lunar months that lasts the gestation of a child. Ngala maintains order to the universe. Its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who has given all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth.  

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Originrécolté in-situ
Material(s)wood, metal
Weight1.40 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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