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unknown Dogon

Door Lock with Antelope Horns, Water Tortoise Imagery and a Goli Face (Added Later)

19th century - 20th century
Carved wood

19.625 x 4.375 in. (49.848 x 11.113 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.73
Other Number(s): 84-1 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Mali, Seno Plain Area
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Household Accessories
Culture/Nationality: Dogon, Malian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • alteration - The process of changing something in some particular characteristic such as measure, dimension, course, arrangement, or inclination, without changing into something else. For the modifications themselves, use "alterations."
  • antelopes - Common name for several species of deer-like ruminants from several genera, including true antelopes, goat-like antelopes, and ox-like antelopes. They have in common that they are even-toed, hoofed mammals that typically are swift, slender, and graceful plains dwellers.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • Dogon
  • locks - Various types of securing devices used to secure openings or containers, traditionally consisting of a dead bolt or system of bolts and operated by a key or similar device, but today, by extension, may include other locking devices that may have other forms.
  • Malian - Style and culture of Mali in West Africa, either the ancient empire of the 13th and 14th centuries or of the modern republic founded in 1960.
  • tortoises - General term referring to members of the Testudines order that are land dwelling rather than aquatic, being four-footed reptiles in which the trunk is enclosed between a carapace and plastron, formed by the dorsal vertebrae, ribs, and sternum; the skin being covered with large horny plates, commonly called the shell.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College African Art Collection Bryn Mawr College , Feb 5, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015
  • African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0080782.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: .

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Pascal James Imperato, "Dogon Door Locks." African Arts 11, no. 4 (July 1978): 54-57, 96.
  • Pascal James Imperato, Dogon Cliff Dwellers : the Art of Mali's Mountain People (New York: L. Kahan Gallery, 1978), 76-81.

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