Dogon Door Lock Ta Koguru

  • Tribe: Dogon
  • Origin: Collected in situ, Bamako, Mali
  • Approx Age: 1920's
  • Materials: Wood, iron
  • Dimensions cm: 27 tall x 30 wide
  • Ref. Number: 0842

A wonderful and simplistic Dogon door lock Ta Koguru from the ex private collection of African art of Emile Robyn (Brussels, Belgium). It was Emile’s grandfather, Abel Robyn, who started the African art collection in 1850.

This collection has been transmitted over three generations.
When Abel died in 1895, his son, Jérôme Robyn, inherited the collection, which he continued to increase until his death in 1968.
Emile Robyn inherited from his father and continued to extend this magnificent collection as his purchases were made only by renowned galleries, auctioneers or collectors. Many of the pieces in this collection were presented at events such as “Parcours des Mondes” in Paris.

This lovely and delicately carved item was collected by Jérôme Robyn in the early 1940’s and was made approximately 20 years previous to collecting in situ in Bamako, Mali. The stand used to photograph is not the stand that will be supplied, one will be custom made to fit perfect.

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The Dogon peoples used wooden bolt locks (ta koguru) to secure the doors to houses, interior rooms, granaries, and some shrines. This type of lock was introduced to sub-Saharan Africa with the spread of Islam from the Near East and North Africa. The Bamana and Dogon peoples in Mali especially made them into works of art.

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