Figure of a Seated Musician (Koro Player)
Arts of Africa
On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
This figure wears a necklace called a korte. Consisting of a series of packets containing verses from the Qur’an, the korte is worn for protection—indicating the influence of Islam even among the Dogon, a largely non-Islamic people.
late 18th century
22 x 7 x 4 1/4 in. (55.8 x 17.7 x 10.8 cm) (show scale)
Frank L. Babbott Fund
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Dogon. Figure of a Seated Musician (Koro Player), late 18th century. Wood, iron, 22 x 7 x 4 1/4 in. (55.8 x 17.7 x 10.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 61.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.2_threequarter_PS2.jpg)
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Seated male figure holding a koro (rectangular shaped instrument) with extensions on top and bottom. Figure has a long cylindrical torso and neck; wears a necklace with two suspended bells. Distinct arrow-form nose, segmented coiffure, beard.
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