Mounted Wooden Door Lock and Key - Dogon  People, Mali
Mounted Wooden Door Lock and Key - Dogon  People, Mali
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Mounted Wooden Door Lock and Key - Dogon People, Mali

$950.00
The form and motifs depicted in door locks often have symbolic messages despite their formal simplicity. These messages, both abstract and representational can be deeply personal. The stylized figures often represents ancestors whose presence is required to ensure protection from bad spirits or sorcery.
Today such locks have essentially disappeared, replaced by padlocks, and are no longer appreciated. 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.
What makes this piece even more special is the fact that it has the working key with it. An interesting combination here two females sit atop the lock with carved exes surround the small, female figure done in high relief on the lock surface. The key has four peg leg teeth with which to work the lock.

From the collection of Valerie Barnard Webster. ( She purchased this in 1995 for $1440.)

Height: 10" x Width: 10" x Depth: 2 .
- on its metal base it stands 12 " in height.

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