Current Location:
Section U (OS) -> Shelf U2 (OS)
Location Notes:
IDC; Open Shelving; Section U; Shelf U2

Dogon Kora

Artwork
Identifier:
2008.369.1
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Wood, Leather, and Hair
Date:
circa 2008
Description:
Wooden, ethnic instrument. Gourd-like base with long, curved neck branching from the top. Strings stretch from top of neck to gourd base. Feathers at top.
Historical Context:
The Dogon are a group of people (700,000 – 800,000) living in Mali (central plateau), south of the Niger in the Mopti region. Dogon country is one of Mali’s major tourist attracitions and thus as seen significant changes in the social, cultural, and belief system of the Dogon. Dogon art is primarily sculpture and revolves around religious values, ideals, and freedoms. Original Dogon sculptures are not made to be seen publicly, and are commonly hidden within their houses and sanctuaries. The importance of secrecy is due to the symbolic meaning behind the pieces and the process by which they are made.

Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Terms:
hair
leather
wood
Library of Congress Subjects:
Kora (Musical instrument)