BAMANA DOORLOCKS, Mali

 BAMANA
Doorlock 1
19.5", $1200

 BAMANA
Doorlock 2
22.5", $1200

 BAMANA
Doorlock 3
17", $1200

BAMANA
Doorlock 4
21", $1000

 BAMANA
Doorlock 5
21", $800

 BAMANA
Doorlock 6
23", $1000

 BAMANA
Doorlock 7
24", $800

BAMANA
Doorlock 8
22", $800

 BAMANA
Doorlock 9
23", $800

 BAMANA
Doorlock 10
SOLD

 BAMANA
Doorlock 11
20", $800

BAMANA
Doorlock 12
18", $800

 BAMANA
Doorlock 13
18.5", $1000

 BAMANA
Doorlock 14
SOLD

 BAMANA
Doorlock 15
19.5", $600

BAMANA
Doorlock 16
18.5", $800

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAMANA, Doorlocks, Mali

Used to protect houses and granaries, Bamana doorlocks range from the abstract and symbolic to representations of ancestors. They are usually larger and more figurative than those of their Dogon neighbors. Gravity-fed metal pins drop into holes in the sliding bolt, some of which also have a metal cover for additional strength and resistence to wear. Locks such as these were afixed 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. All of these (except number 6) share the form of having legs, other Bamana doorlocks are legless or animal forms.

All of these doorlocks have been mounted on metal bases which are included in the price. Every doorlock on this page (except no. 5 and possibly no. 8) has its original crossbolt and is operational. We have stated on each lock page how many pins survive, if it has metal on the crossbolt and the height (shown here on this page) and width of the lock. The crossbolts are lightly wedged in place (in a sort of centered position), but can be slid to the left to the locked position. Only number13 has a key, the others must be turned upside down to drop the pins back and unlock them.

This page includes only authentic locks with age and evidence of extensive use.

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