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Door lock

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This lock's carving alludes to Bamana esoteric knowledge. The headdress, abstracted face and prominent neck evoke Komo, a power association that imparts its secret knowledge to its male members. Today such locks have essentially disappeared in Bamana country, replaced by foreign-made types. Many...

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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, Mali, Bamana peoples, 20th century

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Overall: 42 x 41.7 x 6 cm (16 9/16 x 16 7/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, iron


Africa and Oceania


Architectural elements, Doors, jambs, lintels