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Door Lock

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The Bamana are a Mande sub-group that inhabits present-day Mali. Amongst the Bamana, door locks were carved by blacksmiths from the wood of the toro tree (Ficus congensis) and used to lock the doors of houses and granaries. The door lock is comprised of three parts: A sculpted vertical beam, a...

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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: 50.2 x 9.5 x 7 cm (19 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

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Africa and Oceania


Architectural elements, Doors, jambs, lintels