Serrure Dogon - MALI
This dogon lock presents on its top a highly stylized figure. The head is in triangular shape. The ridge of the crest is slightly incised and a small hole symbolizes the mouth. On each side of the head are two half circle ears.
The lock symbolizes the figure’s body and is adorned with incisions that symbolize the ritual scarifications of the ethnic group. The lower part presents two legs and joined stylized feet.
The wooden locks were fixed on the doors of the granaries or to those protecting the jewelry and other chief’s treasures. The protection was more symbolic than effective : the wooden doors and locks were adorned with the founding myths and other attributes of the Dogon cosmogony which aimed at repelling any thieves.
The beautiful patina of the object testifies of its use and great age.