Bamana-Bambara – Door Lock – Maliamazigh
Mid 20th century; cm. 60,0 high x cm. 43,5 width (23.62 x 17.12”).
Used to protect houses and granaries, Bamana doorlocks range from the abstract and symbolic to representations of ancestors. Locks such as these were fixed with large iron staples through holes to house doors, which were usually plain. Placing an image of an ancestor on the doorlock offered additional protection by making the door sacrosanct. Some of which, like this one, they also have a metal cover for additional strength and resistence to wear.
For more informations and similar examples see “Legends, Sorcerers and Enchanted Lizards: Door Lock of the Bamana of Mali”, by, Pascal James Imperato.