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Figure of a Seated Musician (Koro Player)

Arts of Africa

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.
MEDIUM Wood, iron
DATES late 18th century
DIMENSIONS 22 x 7 x 4 1/4 in. (55.8 x 17.7 x 10.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE threequarter, 61.2_threequarter_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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