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    Dogon (Mali)
    Doorlock
    Wood, iron
    Height: 16 ½ in. Width:total: 15 inches Depth: 3 ¾ inches

    This doorlock is comprised of two wood pieces, a vertical lock casing and a horizontal bar. The vertical member has two legs and feet at the bottom of a rectangular block from the top of which are carved two very simplified human figures. The lock case is fitted at the back with a sliding horizontal bar of wood, notched, into which pins fall (from the lock case) to secure the door. A (missing) key activated the lock, which was once attached to a wooden door with an iron strap (still present but not visible in the photograph). The cubistic abstraction of the human figures - often referred to as the Dogon primordial couple (and twins) -- is typical, as is the refined rectilinear incised decoration on the front of the vertical lock case. A fine patina of wear and use is present.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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