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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.
CULTURE Dogon
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
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 61.2
CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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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
IMAGE 3/4, 61.2_threequarter_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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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.
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