This important door lock depicts a male figure. The face and the
crested coiffure (bambada) are illustrated in a very abstract
way. The head is represented by a striking triangular form with a
concave face and a prominent ridge forming the bridge of the nose.
The body is incised with various geometrical patterns symbolizing the
fertility, and the breast appears (symbol of the protective spirit).
The goitre figuration symbolizes the word. Wooden door locks were
used on the doors of dwellings, cookhouses, sanctuaries, and on
granary shutters. Each lock is given a name in accordance with its
message, person, myth, or any anecdote referred to. Door locks were a
prized gift for young brides, and passed down from generation to
Its fine aged patina, its important size, its rigorous stylistic
construction, conveys a remarkable audacity in the sculptor's
creativity and a major work outstanding in his category.
18th / 19th century.
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