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Door lock

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This lock, once attached to the door of a house, granary, or poultry shelter, is an exquisite small carving with meanings derived from Bamana esoteric knowledge. It alludes to Komo, a power association that imparts its secret knowledge to its male members. A stylized rendering of the distinct...

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1954, sold by J. Nicaud, Galerie Burgui, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Bamana peoples, Mali, 20th century, 1950–2000

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Overall: 37 x 6 x 6 cm (14 9/16 x 2 1/2 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, iron


Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts