Door Lock - Bambara (Bamana) People, Mali (O)
Door Lock - Bambara (Bamana) People, Mali (O)
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Door Lock - Bambara (Bamana) People, Mali (O)

$785.00
The form and motifs depicted in Bambara door locks often have symbolic messages despite their formal simplicity. These messages, both abstract and representational can be deeply personal. The stylized figure often represents an ancestor whose presence is required to ensure protection from bad spirits or sorcery.
Today such locks have essentially disappeared in Bamana country, replaced by padlocks, and are no longer appreciated or used.
Created to be functional with spiritual references, these door locks have a strong sculptural appeal for western art audiences, even when viewers do not know their original cultural context.

Height: 20" x Width: 16 1/2" x Depth: 5" - 6 - 6/1/2" metal base, so height on base is 21 1/2"

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