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Bamana Door with Lock Wood Mali African Art

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Product #: 111749
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Title Bamana Door with Lock Wood Mali African Art
Type of Object Carved wood door
Country of Origin Mali
People Bamana
Materials Wood, metal, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 40 Inches
Width: 18 Inches
Depth: 3 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, water stains, arrested bug damage, dirt, splintering, and surface wear


Additional Information:  This impressive and aged door was cut from heavy, dense wood.  The door lock displays traits that suggest it is the product of a talented Bamana carver.  While the piece shows great age, the lock appears to still move freely.


Bamana door locks are composed of two parts: one is a fixed vertical element which is most often carved with abstract,  human or animal form fixed to the door with iron staples. The second part of the door lock is a horizontal wooden piece that slides through the vertical piece where iron teeth would fall into small holes locking the door. The doors had pointed corners that served as hinges and a sculpted wooden lock to keep it closed. A small key would lift the iron pegs to open the door.  The sliding locking bar passed just behind the vertical part. The face on this door lock is carved in a Bamana style and recalls Bamana figures identified as representations of an ancestor, which presence is required to ensure protection and prevent the intrusion of bad spirits and sorcerers.


For similar examples and further information see LEGENDS, SORCERESS AND ENCHANTED LIZARDS-DOOR LOCKS OF THE BAMANA OF MALI; see also BAMANA THE ART OF EXISTENCE IN MALI, By Colleyn J.P.(e.d.)