The Door lock in the country of Bambara and Dogon illustrate African art in everyday life.
They are everyday objects full of symbolism and always carved with great care.
The door lock, by their anthropomorphic form, bring protection to the houses.
The Bambara are found in Central and Southern Mali and belong to the great Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creator God generically called Ngala who possesses 266 sacred attributes, one for each day of the nine lunar months which is the gestation a child.
Ngala keep order in the universe. His existence co-exists with another androgynous God called Faro, who gave all the qualities to men and makes the fruits of the earth grow.
Piece accompanied by its certificate of authenticity.
Provenance: Ex Belgium private Collection
Estimated date: Circa 1950
Height: 45 cm
Width: 44 cm
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