Collections: Arts of Africa: Ndop Portrait of King Mishe miShyaang maMbul

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: Cylindrical Vessel

On this vessel a procession of eleven military victors follows a naked, bound prisoner. The warriors wear tie-dyed textiles with trophy head...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.

    On View: Male Figure (Waka Sran)

    This figure most likely embodies a "spirit spouse"—the husband or wife every person is said to have had before birth. Through dreams, ...


    Want to add this object to a set? Please join the Posse, or log in.


    61.33_PS2.jpg 61.33_front_PS2.jpg 61.33_threequarter_PS2.jpg 61.33_side_SL4.jpg 61.33_threequarter_left_SL1.jpg 61.33_threequarter_right_SL1.jpg 61.33_SL1.jpg CUR.61.33_print_top_bw.jpg 61.33_front_bw.jpg 61.33_threequarter_bw.jpg CUR.61.33_print_side_bw.jpg 61.33_back_acetate_bw.jpg 61.33_detail_acetate_bw.jpg 61.33_front_acetate_bw.jpg 61.33_side_left_acetate_bw.jpg 61.33_side_right_acetate_bw.jpg 61.33_threequarter_left_acetate_bw.jpg 61.33_threequarter_right_acetate_bw.jpg

    Ndop Portrait of King Mishe miShyaang maMbul

    Ndop figures are idealized portraits of individual Kuba rulers. This ndop, considered the oldest in existence, displays the king’s symbol, a drum with a severed hand. As in other ndop figures, the ruler sits cross-legged on a raised platform. His face expresses both aloofness and composure. The short sword in his left hand (held with handle out, indicating the nonaggressive pose of the nyim) and the belts, arm bands, bracelets, shoulder ornaments, and special projecting headdress are all elements of royal regalia. Ndop figures were believed to represent and honor the spirit of the nyim and serve as a point of contact with his spirit.

    • Culture: Kuba (Bushoong subgroup)
    • Medium: Wood (crossopterix febrifuga), camwood powder
    • Place Made: Mushenge, West Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Dates: ca. 1760-1780
    • Dimensions: 19 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. (49.5 x 19.4 x 21.9 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Arts of Africa
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Exhibitions:
    • Accession Number: 61.33
    • Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Blum, and the Mrs. Florence A. Blum Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Kuba (Bushoong subgroup). Ndop Portrait of King Mishe miShyaang maMbul, ca. 1760-1780. Wood (crossopterix febrifuga), camwood powder, 19 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. (49.5 x 19.4 x 21.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Blum, and the Mrs. Florence A. Blum Fund, 61.33. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: 3/4, 61.33_threequarter_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: The figure sits cross-legged on a rectangular platform which is decorated with geometric chain-like bands. His right hand rests on his knee, the left hand holds a ritual knife. The head is large, with finely carved features and a curved hairline. His eyes are closed. The headdress consists of a decorated board atop a cylindrical ring. He wears a belt incised with shell motifs, armbands, bracelets, a rounded shoulder strap, and a belt with richly decorated back apron. In front of him is a cylindrical drum set on a small perforated pedestal. The drum is decorated with a hand and intertwined geometric motifs. Condition: very good. Dark, mellow patina throughout. There is a fine crack down the p. left torso, a larger one at p. left through foot and base. A recessed rectangular patch at p. left jawline. Minor checks at lower back and right pedestal. Some chips at left base, insect holes in base.
    • Record Completeness: Best (91%)
    advanced 110,591 records currently online.

    Separate each tag with a space: painting portrait.

    Or join words together in one tag by using double quotes: "Brooklyn Museum."

    Please review the comment guidelines before posting.

    Before you comment...

    We get a lot of comments, so before you post yours, check to see if your issue is addressed by one of the questions below. Click on a question to see our answer:

    Why are some objects not on view?

    The Museum’s permanent collections are very large and only a fraction of these can be on exhibition at any given time. Sometimes works are lent to other museums for special exhibitions; sometimes they are in the conservation laboratory for study or maintenance. Certain types of objects, such as watercolors, textiles, and photographs, are sensitive to light and begin to fade if they are exposed for too long, so their exhibition time is limited. Finally, as large as the Museum is, there is not enough room to display everything in the collections. In order to present our best works, collections are rotated periodically.

    How do I find out how much an object in the Brooklyn Museum collections is worth?

    The Museum does not disclose the monetary values of objects in its collections.

    Can you tell me the value of an artwork that I own?

    The Museum does not provide monetary appraisals. To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, you may contact the Art Dealers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers.

    I own a similar object. Can you tell me more about it?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you own and as much information about it as you can, and we will provide any additional information we are able to find. Please note that research in our files is a lengthy process, and you may not have a response for some time.

    How would I go about lending or gifting a work to the Museum or seeing if the Museum is interested in purchasing a work that I own?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you would like us to consider, as well as all of the information you have about it, and your offer will be forwarded to the appropriate curator. The Brooklyn Museum collections are very rich, and we have many works that are not currently on exhibition; because of this, and because storage space is limited, we are very selective about adding works. However, the collection has become what it is today through the generosity of the public, and we continue to be grateful for this generosity, which can still lead to exciting new acquisitions.

    How can I get a reproduction of a work in your collection?

    Please see the Museum’s information on Image Services.

    How can I show my work to someone at the Museum or be considered for an exhibition?

    Please see the Museum’s Artist Submission Guidelines.

    Why do many objects not have photographs and/or complete descriptions?

    The Museum's collection is very large, and we are constantly in the process of adding photographs and descriptions to works that do not currently have them, or replacing photographs that have deteriorated beyond use and descriptions that are minimal or out of date. This is a long and expensive process that takes time.

    How can I find a conservator or get advice on how to treat my artwork?

    Please visit the American Institute for Conservation, which has a feature on how to find a conservator.

    I have a comment or question which is not included in this list.

    Join the posse or log in to work with our collections. Your tags, comments and favorites will display with your attribution.